Joe Rollino: Vegetarian Strong Man, Dead at Only 104 The New York Times, BBC and others reported on the unfortunate and premature death of one of the strongest men that ever lived. The 104-year-old Joe Rollino - one of the last links to the old strongman days of Coney Island was a lifelong vegetarian who was a performer, decorated WWII veteran, and a longshoreman. He was struck down by a van near his home in Brooklyn, and up until his death, he was a member of the Polar Bear Club and could still bend coins in his fingers and teeth. At his heaviest: 150lbs, standing at 5-foot-5, he did not ever smoke or drink, and once lifted 635lbs ... with his finger!

"Joe Rollino once lifted 475 pounds. He used neither his arms nor his legs but, reportedly, his teeth. With just one finger he raised up 635 pounds; with his back he moved 3,200. He bit down on quarters to bend them with his thumb." - New York Times