Sek Yi, who may have been the oldest person in the world, died in his sleep on Oct. 19. He was 122.
A tiger hunter and martial arts expert, Sek Yi was unable to provide world record officials with proof of his birth. During the 1970s, he survived the “Killing Fields,” but his identification papers were destroyed by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge guerrillas.
Sek Yi, who was buried Monday by his bamboo hut in the tiny village of Tuk Young near the border with Vietnam, is survived by his 108-year-old wife, Long Ouk. He attributed his longevity to Buddhist convictions, tobacco and a vegetarian diet.