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Oldest person in the world dies at age 118

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The French nun Lucile Randon, who was known to be the oldest person in the world since April 2021, died in her sleep on the night from Monday to Tuesday. This happened in the retirement home where she stayed, in Toulon, southern France, reports the mayor of the city Hubert Falco on Facebook.

“She died last night at 2 a.m. There is great sadness, but she wanted it. It was her desire to join her beloved brother. It is a liberation for her ,” said a spokesperson for the retirement home where Lucile Randon was staying . The Frenchwoman was blind, hard of hearing and wheelchair-bound.

Lucile Randon was born on February 11, 1904, in the French city of Alès. In her younger years she worked as a teacher. During World War II, Randon took care of orphans and the elderly in a hospital in the city of Vichy. After this she joined the so-called Catholic order, after which she went through life as Sister André. In the following years she worked as a governess and missionary before retiring at the age of 75.

After the Japanese Kane Tanaka passed away last April at the age of 119, Sister André was considered the oldest person in the world. A year before that she was on the news because she had contracted corona. Her age had no bearing on her condition, however, as she told the British newspaper The Guardian at the time that “she didn’t even notice she had it.”

With the death of the sister, 115-year-old Maria Branyas Morera, from Spain, is now the oldest person in the world.

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