According to the spokeswoman for her nursing home in southern France, a French nun who was thought to be the oldest person in the world passed away a few weeks before her 119th birthday.
Sister André was born Lucile Randon on February 11, 1904, in the southern French town of Ales.
She was also among the oldest COVID-19 survivors in history.
Spokesman David Tavella said she passed away at 2 a.m. at the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure elderly facility in Toulon town on Tuesday.
After Japan’s Kane Tanaka passed away at the age of 119 last year, the Gerontology Research Group, which verifies information about people assumed to be 110 or older, designated her as the oldest known person in the world.
Sister André tested positive for the coronavirus in January 2021, not long before she turned 117, but she didn’t even know she was sick because she had so few symptoms.
News of her survival spread throughout France and beyond.
When questioned in April last year about how she managed to survive two world wars, she told French journalists that “working… makes you live. I kept working up until I was 108.
She was rumored to drink wine and eat chocolate every day.
The Gerontology Research Group now lists Maria Branyas Morera, an American-born 115-year-old who resides in Spain, as the oldest living person in the world.