Cuba's oldest man dies at 126
Updated: 2006-10-12 10:26
HAVANA - Benito Martinez Abogan, the oldest man in Cuba, on Wednesday died at
the age of 126, in a hospital in the city of Ciego de Avila, east of Cuba's
capital Havana, local media reported.
Martinez had long suffered from decompensation - a chronic weakness of the
heart, which relates to blood not reaching the whole body. He entered a local
hospital a few days ago, after his existing condition deteriorated due to a
Friends of Martinez, who was born on June 19, 1880, nicknamed him Avion. He
was born in Caballones, a mountain village in Haiti, and came to Cuba in 1925 to
seek better work and to earn more money.
He never went to school, and worked in the fields and on construction sites
most of his life. Martinez always remained in excellent health and began to seek
medical help only in 2000, aged 120.
Martinez never had a family, and lived in the Camilo Cienfuegos
Gerontological Center, where specialists cared for him.