World’s oldest person dies in France, chalks up her longevity to chocolate and wine. Health

World’s oldest person dies in France, chalks up her longevity to chocolate and wine.


 Sister André, world’s oldest person, dies at 118;

Sister André, a French nun who held the title of the world’s oldest person, died Jan. 17 at age 118 in Toulon, a city in southern France.

Born Lucile Randon on Feb. 11, 1904, she “dedicated most of her life to religious service,” according to Guinness World Records(opens in new tab). As a young woman, she served as a teacher and later as a governess (private tutor) during World War II. After the war ended, she worked with orphans and the elderly at a hospital in Vichy, France, but it wasn’t until 1944, at age 40, that she took vows to become a Catholic nun and changed her name to Sister André.

Guinness World Records declared Sister André not only the world’s oldest person but also the oldest nun on record. (She earned the former title in April 2022, after the passing of Kane Tanaka, a 119-year-old Japanese woman.) Sister André was also the oldest person in Europe to survive COVID-19, being released from the hospital in time to celebrate her 117th birthday.

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