Alexander Imich, the world's oldest man, died Sunday in his New York City home at 111.
Imich, a chemist and Polish immigrant, was born in 1903.
Imich reflected on his life in an interview with The New York Times in May. He and his wife escaped the Holocaust, but lost many of their family members. In the 1950s, the couple immigrated to the United States.
In the interview, Imich credited his longevity to not having children and his athletic nature.
"I was a gymnast," he told the Times. "Good runner, a good springer. Good javelin, and I was a good swimmer," he said. He never drank alcohol and quit smoking a long time ago, the Times reported.
At 92, Imich edited and published a book on the occult called Incredible Tales of the Paranormal.
Guinness World Records is reviewing whether Japan's Sakari Momoi, also 111, is now the world's oldest man, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Gerontology Resesarch Group,116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan is the world's oldest person.