- The world's oldest barber, Anthony Mancinelli, has died at the age of 108 years after practising for 96 years
- Mancinelli's son, Robert, says the legend died of jaw cancer complications after being diagnosed in February of this year
- Mancinelli made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2018 for being the oldest practising barber
Anthony Mancinelli of New York, the United States, the world’s oldest barber, has died at the age of 108 years, after practising for 96 years.
Mancinelli, who immigrated into the United States at the age of eight, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2018 for being the oldest practising barber.
Briefly.co.za learnt that he started off by sweeping floors at a barbershop, after which he started cutting hair at the age of 12 to support his family.
CNN reports that Mancinelli, who was diagnosed with jaw cancer in February of this year, died of its complications.
Mancinelli attended grade school in Newburgh, but never graduated.
Speaking of his father, Mancinelli’s son, Robert, said: "Everybody loved him. He's known worldwide."
Until his death, Mancinelli worked at Fantastic Cuts in New Windsor, where he charged $19 for a haircut.
The owner of Fantastic Cuts, Jane Dinezza, said she would like to leave Mancinelli’s chair open as a memorial to the deceased.
She said: "He's a legend. One of the TV stations asked who would work in his chair now. I didn't think of it then, but could anybody fill that chair? No."
According to his son, Mancinelli was inducted into the Barber Museum Hall of Fame in Ohio one week before his death.
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