The world’s oldest person, Sister André, dies weeks short of 119th birthday

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A French nun who has held the title of oldest person in the world since April last year has died at the age of 118.

Sister André’s retirement home in France delivered the obituary to Reuters.

Reaching the institution’s spokesman, David Tavella, TBEN reported that she died in her sleep at a nursing home in Toulon.

Tavella posted confirmation of the news on Twitter, revealing that she passed away just a few weeks before her 119th birthday.

“There is great sadness, but… it was her desire to join her beloved brother. For her it is a liberation,” Tavella of the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home told TBEN.

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Born Lucile Randon on February 11, 1904, she survived two world wars, ten popes, and two pandemics: the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and the last coronavirus pandemic, which she contracted last year.

“She defied all odds and shook off the virus after three weeks with no symptoms or side effects except for a little fatigue, just in time to celebrate her 117th birthday,” Guinness World Records said in a tribute.

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She took the name Sister André after joining the Catholic charity organization in 1944.

Sister André took the title of the world’s oldest person in April 2022 when Kane Tanaka died in Japan at the age of 119.

On Tuesday, Guinness World Records said it was “saddened to hear of the death” of the world’s oldest person, citing that she was the second-oldest French person and second-oldest European person on record. She also held the record for the oldest living nun.

“How incredible that we shared the same sky as someone who was born just a few months after the Wright brothers’ first powered flight — and a few months before the New York subway system opened,” said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records. a statement. “We had only had two Olympics by the time she was born in 1904, and only one Tour de France.”

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Guinness World Records said it is working with a chief gerontology consultant to determine the world’s oldest humans. The next in line has not yet been announced.