CAPE TOWN                  -                South African Fredie Blom celebrated his 116th birthday on Friday un­fazed by the coronavirus crisis, over 100 years since the Spanish flu pan­demic killed his sister. “I have lived this long because of God’s grace,” said Blom, possibly one of the oldest men in the world. Lighting a cigarette, he recalled the 1918 pandemic that left tens of millions dead worldwide including his sister. Blom was born in 1904 in the rural town of Adelaide, tucked near the Great Winterberg mountain range of South Africa’s East­ern Cape province. He is older than a 112-year old British resident named the world’s oldest living man by the Guinness World Records in March. Blom’s age has not yet been verified by the body.