Sister André, a French nun who held the record for being the oldest person ever, passed away on Tuesday at 118, her spokeswoman told AFP.
According to David Tavella with the Sainte-Catherine Laboure nursing home, Sister André, whose real name is Lucile Randon, passed away in her sleep in Toulon, France.
“There is great sadness, but… she desired to join her beloved brother,” Tavella told AFP. “For her, it’s a liberation.”
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When Kane Tanaka of Japan passed away in April 2022 at the age of 119, Sister André, born on February 11th, 1904, was officially acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person in the world.
The record-keeping agency also announced the news, expressing its “sadness” at learning of the nun’s passing.
In a statement, Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, said: “How extraordinary that we shared the same air with someone who was born just a few months after the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight – and a few months before the New York subway system opened.”
Sister André was the “fourth oldest person ever authenticated,” according to Glenday.
According to Guinness, Sister André was the second-oldest French person and second-oldest known European. She also held the titles of “oldest living nun” and “oldest COVID-19 survivor.” According to Guinness, she was only three years away from surpassing France’s Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to be 122, for the title of the oldest person ever.
The mayor of Toulon, Hubert Franco, also announced Sister André’s passing in a statement in which he talked about their many encounters. Franco remarked that Sister André had been a resident of the Sainte-Catherine Laboure nursing home since 2009 and had been granted honorary citizenship of Toulon four years prior.
According to Guinness, Sister André worked with old people and orphans for nearly three decades before devoting a large portion of her life to her religious work. She also survived the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
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