On this file picture taken on February 10, 2021, Sister André, Lucile Randon within the registry of start, the eldest French and European citizen, prays in a wheelchair, on the eve of her 117th birthday, in an EHPAD (Housing Institution for Dependent Aged Folks) in Toulon, southern France, the place she has been residing since 2009. (AFP)
A French nun who was believed to be the world’s oldest individual has died just a few weeks earlier than her 119th birthday, the spokesperson for her nursing dwelling in southern France mentioned Wednesday.
Lucile Randon, often known as Sister André, was born within the city of Ales, southern France, on Feb. 11, 1904. She was additionally one of many world’s oldest survivors of COVID-19.
Spokesman David Tavella mentioned she died at 2 a.m. on Tuesday on the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing dwelling within the city of Toulon.
The Gerontology Analysis Group, which validates particulars of individuals regarded as 110 or older, listed her because the oldest identified individual on the planet after the dying of Japan’s Kane Tanaka, aged 119, final yr.
Sister André examined optimistic for the coronavirus in January 2021, shortly earlier than her 117th birthday, however she had so few signs that she didn’t even understand she was contaminated. Her survival made headlines each in France and past.
In April final yr, requested about her distinctive longevity by way of two world wars, she advised French media that “working … makes you reside. I labored till I used to be 108.”
She was identified to take pleasure in a each day glass of wine and chocolate.
The oldest residing identified individual on the planet listed by the Gerontology Analysis Group is now American-born Maria Branyas Morera, who resides in Spain, and is 115.