"The man had deficiencies in vitamins A, B, C, D and E and in the minerals zinc and selenium."
I'm going to echo, "What WAS he eating?"
Either this guy had serious genetic issues that caused malabsorption of ... everything, or he was eating nothing but tofutti cream cheese on wonder bread. How the hell do you get a vitamin C deficiency as a vegan?! If I plug my breakfast alone into fitday, it tells me I've already gotten like 300% DV.