Kane Tanaka, world’s oldest person, dies at 119 | Health News


Tanaka, who loved board video games and maths puzzles, died in hospital in southwestern Japan.

Kane Tanaka, a Japanese lady believed to have been the world’s oldest particular person, has died aged 119.

Tanaka died of outdated age at a hospital in southwestern Fukuoka metropolis on April 19, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday.

She was born within the Fukuoka area on January 2, 1903 — the identical 12 months the Wright brothers flew for the primary time and Marie Curie grew to become the primary lady to win a Nobel Prize.

She was confirmed because the world’s oldest dwelling particular person by Guinness World Data in 2019.

Tanaka was in comparatively good well being till just lately and lived at a nursing dwelling, the place she loved board video games, fixing maths issues, fizzy drinks and chocolate. She had been planning to affix final 12 months’s torch relay for the Olympic Video games however pulled out due to coronavirus issues.

Native Governor Seitaro Hattori hailed Tanaka’s life and mentioned he was “extraordinarily saddened” at her demise.

“I used to be wanting ahead to seeing Kane-san on this 12 months’s Respect for the Aged Day (a nationwide vacation in September) and celebrating collectively together with her favourite soda and chocolate,” he mentioned in an announcement on Monday.

In her youthful years, Tanaka ran numerous companies together with a noodle store and a rice cake retailer. She married Hideo Tanaka a century in the past in 1922, giving beginning to 4 youngsters and adopting a fifth.

Japan has an ageing inhabitants with about 28 % of individuals aged 65 or extra.

As of final September, the nation had 86,510 centenarians, and 9 out of each 10 have been girls.

With Tanaka’s demise, Lucile Randon, a French nun higher generally known as Sister Andre, turns into the world’s oldest identified particular person.

Randon was born in southern France on February 11, 1904, and just lately celebrated her 118th birthday together with her favorite  port-and-chocolate cocktail.

She lives at a nursing dwelling in Toulon alongside the Mediterranean coast of France.

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