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    Arrow Cuba's oldest man dies at 126 YEARS OLD

    The oldest man in Cuba, Benito Martinez Abogan, died at the ripe age of 126 on Wednesday without fulfilling his dream of returning to his homeland in Haiti, which he had left 81 years ago.

    The Cuban-Haitian died at a hospital in central Cuba, where he was taken last week after suffering from pneumonia and a heart ailment, according to the director of his retirement home.

    Better known by his nickname "Avion," or "Plane" in Spanish, Martinez still had energy, good vision and hearing, and a sense of humour until he got sick, said Camilo Cienfuegos retirement home director Maribel del Castillo.

    Martinez was born in Cavaillon, in southwest Haiti, on June 19, 1880, and arrived in Cuba in 1925. He worked in sugar cane and coffee plantations, and also road construction.

    The centenarian also worked briefly at one of the farms owned by the father of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

    He lived in the countryside, ate lots of vegetables and didn't smoke, said Noel Lopez, a retirement home worker. He never stopped drinking coffee and sometimes knocked backed some rum.

    His feet were gnarled from walking without shoes for more than 100 years, Lopez said.

    In one of last his interviews, Martinez said one of the secrets of his longevity was to "get along with everyone."

    http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/n...21537f&k=58100

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    Wow, that's pretty amazing. I would love to live until 126, but think of all the pain you'd suffer

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    He lived before electricity existed...wow

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    He lived when freedom existed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorldIRC
    He lived before electricity existed...wow

    i think he came over on the mayflower with his cousin cris columbus




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    i don't wanna die when i'm a prune i'd rather die when i'm still a plum.

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    I heard about this on CTV news. If he really did died at the age of 126 then shouldn't it be a world record? I remember the CTV broadcast said that there were no conclusive evidence that he died at the age of 126.
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    man id be lonely by 126, i bet my grandchildren will be even dead by then

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    wow, could you imagine living in three different centuries....
    in da hood we say "don't drink & drive, park & sip"







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    Quote Originally Posted by twofaze
    wow, could you imagine living in three different centuries....
    I was just thinking that myself. He lived 20 years in the 1800's, 100 years in the 1900's, and 7 years in the 2000's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ace587
    man id be lonely by 126, i bet my grandchildren will be even dead by then
    Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren would be around

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