Deaths Elsewhere

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Yukichi Chuganji, a retired silkworm breeder documented as the world's oldest man, died Sunday at age 114.

Bedridden in recent years, Mr. Chuganji had been living with his 72-year-old daughter Kyoko in the city of Ogori, about 550 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Mr. Chuganji was born March 23, 1889, in the farming town of Chikushino on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu. He worked as a silkworm breeder and adviser after graduating from technical school in the early 1900s.

He liked to eat beef and pork with his meals of rice and miso soup. He would drink milk every day and did not consume alcohol.

Kyushu is also home to the world's oldest person, a 116-year-old woman named Kamato Hongo.

Japan has the world's longest life expectancy. Researchers say the country's traditional fish-based, low-fat diet might be the secret to the country's longevity.

Mary Loraine "Peets" Buffett, 82, the mother of singer Jimmy Buffett, died Thursday in Fairhope, Ala.

Mrs. Buffett introduced her famous son and his sisters to music at an early age. The singer told the Mobile Register last year, "My mother certainly was the influence on the artistic things."

She was born in Crystal Springs, Miss., and married James Delaney "J.D." Buffett 62 years ago. While raising their three children in Mobile, the Buffetts worked on the Mobile waterfront -- J.D. as an estimator, Peets as an administrator.

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