Lucile Randon, the oldest person in the world, passed away at the age of 118.
The French nun, who was born on February 11, 1904, died only weeks before her 119th birthday, her retirement home has revealed.
Also known as Sister Andre, she received the title after the death of the previous record holder at the age of 119.
Sister Andre’s death was announced on January 17 by the nursing home where she had spent the last few years of her life.
When she contracted Covid, she said that she ‘wasn’t scared to die.’
“’No, I wasn’t scared because I wasn’t scared to die… I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else and join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother,” she told BFM television.
Sister Andre, who was born more than a decade before the First World War began, became popular for her positive attitude. Her caregivers even joked that she liked all the attention she received.
“I was always admired for my wisdom and intelligence, but now people could care less because I’m stubborn,” she jokingly said in an interview with AFP for her 118th birthday.
“I thinking of getting out of this business but they won’t let me.”
The French nun was named the world’s oldest living person by the Gerontology Research Group, which verifies and records supercentenarians – people who are older than 110.
According to GRG’s World Supercentenarian Ranking list, the oldest person in the world now is Spanish resident Maria Branyas Morera, 115.
Most centenarians are found in blue zones, where residents live longer than average, such as the Italian island of Sardinia and Okinawa in Japan.
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