World’s oldest man, 116, dies after moaning he couldn’t buy tobacco in lockdown

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The world's unofficial 'oldest man' has died aged 116 after moaning his biggest lockdown challenge was not being able to roll his own birthday cigarettes.

South African Fredie Blom died four months after his birthday in South Africa.

Fredie's country banned the purchase of alcohol and cigarettes during lockdown to try and stop booze-related hospital admissions.

He previously told how the toughest part of his country's lockdown was being unable to fulfil his birthday wish and buy tobacco to roll his own cigarettes.

Fredie was the sole survivor of his family after they were all wiped out by the 1918 Spanish Flu.

He was described as 'unofficially' the world's oldest man by South African media, the MailOnline reports.

The oldest man in the world according to the Guinness World Records is Brit Bob Weighton, who died in May aged 112.

Blom raised three children of his wife Jeanette as his own, and was a grandfather of five.

In a tribute to Fredia, a spokesman for his family Andre Naidoo said: "Two weeks ago oupa (grandfather) was still chopping wood.

'He was a strong man, full of pride."

He is said to have shrinked from being 'a big man to a small person' in the space of three days before his death, according to his family.

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Mr Blom stopped visiting doctors more than two years ago, claiming he was tired of being pricked and prodded.

Blom died at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.

His death was not caused by coronavirus Naidoo said.

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