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The world’s oldest known person died this Tuesday at the age of 118.
It’s about a French nun Lucille RandonAlso known as sister andrThis is.
Asylum officials in the southeastern French city of Toulon, where he lived, announced his death.
Center administrators said, I amHe smiled in his sleep.
“There is great sadness but… her wish was to be with her beloved brother. It was a release for her,” a spokeswoman for the asylum told AFP.
Born in the south of France February 11, 1904For several years he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s second-longest living person, second only to Ken Tanaka of Japan, who died last year at the age of 119.
He later became the oldest person on record.
The Guinness Book officially recognized it in April 2022.
He survived the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021After 81 residents of his nursing home were affected.
A witness of time
Randon was born the year New York opened its first subway A decade before the start of the First World War.
She grew up in a Protestant family as the only girl among three siblings in the southern city of Ales.
One of his fondest memories was the return of his two brothers at the end of World War I, he told AFP in an interview on his 116th birthday.
“It was rare in families, usually two died instead of two alive. They both came back,” he said.
He worked as a governor in Paris For the sons of wealthy families, he once called it “the happiest time of his life.”
He converted to Catholicism and was baptized at the age of 26.
Driven by a desire to “go further,” she joined Order of Nuns of the Daughters of Charity At the relatively advanced age of 41.
Sister Andre was later admitted to a hospital in Vichy, where she worked for 31 years.
He then moved to Toulon on the Mediterranean coast. Her days at the nursing home were marked by prayer, meals and visits from residents and hospitality staff.
He received a steady stream of letters and answered almost all of them.
At a press conference last year, she said her work and caring for others had sustained her for so long.
“People say work kills, but Work kept me alive. I worked till I was 108,” he reflected.
Although she was blind and confined to a wheelchair, she would take care of those younger than her.
“People should love each other and help each other, not hate each other. If we share everything, things will be better,” he said.
Jean Calment, who died in 1997 in Arles, southern France, aged 122, holds the record for the oldest confirmed age of any human.
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