World’s oldest known person, French nun, dies aged 118

PARIS: A French nun considered the oldest person in the world died a few weeks before her 119th birthday, the spokesperson for her retirement home in the south of France announced on Wednesday.
Lucile Randonknown as Sister Andrewwas born in the town of Alès, in the south of France, on February 11, 1904. She was also one of the oldest survivors of Covid-19 in the world.
Spokesperson David Tavela said she died Tuesday at 2 a.m. at the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home in the city of Toulon.
The Gerontology Research Group, which validates the details of people thought to be 110 or older, listed her as the world’s oldest known person after the Japanese man’s death. Kane Tanakaaged 119 last year.
Sister André tested positive for coronavirus in January 2021, shortly before her 117th birthday, but had so few symptoms that she didn’t even realize she was infected. His survival has hit the headlines both in France and abroad.
In April last year, when asked about her exceptional longevity through two world wars, she told French media that “work…makes you live. I worked until I was 108”.
She was known to enjoy a glass of wine and chocolate every day.
The oldest known person in the world listed by the gerontology research group is now born in the United States Maria Branyas Morerawho lives in Spain and is 115 years old.


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