A 94-year-old Saskatchewan man who was in the eye of the media this week as the son of Canada's oldest person has died.
Nick Lutzko was the eldest son of Pearl Lutzko, 111, of Ituna, Sask.
She became, unofficially, Canada's oldest person this week upon the death of a Manitoba woman who was born in 1899 a week earlier than Pearl.
On Tuesday, a delighted Nick spoke to several media outlets about his mother, whom he said he visited every day at the nursing home in Ituna.
He said it was exciting that Pearl had reached 111 and would have another birthday on Feb. 15.
"It's great to have your mother live that long," he said. "You know, she was on her own until '03 in her home. Then she moved here."
He added that he believed he was in good health himself.
"I'm OK, I get along, I sleep good," he said.
According to family members, Nick became ill Wednesday night and was taken to hospital in Yorkton.
He died Thursday morning.
The nature of his illness wasn't disclosed.
The oldest of Pearl Lutzko's children, he leaves a large family, including his wife, his children and several brothers and sisters.
Five generations of the Lutzko family live in Ituna and area.