World’s oldest known person dies in her sleep aged 118

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    The world's oldest person died in her sleep at the age of 118.

    French nun Lucile Randon, also known as Sister Andrée, died in a nursing home in Toulon after becoming the world's oldest person last year, taking the title from Kane Tanaka after her death at the age of 119.

    Randon was born on 11 February 1904 and lived through both World Wars and the Covid pandemic before taking her last breath today (Tuesday, January 17).

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    A spokesman for her nursing home, David Tavella, said: “There is great sadness but … it was her desire to join her beloved brother.

    "For her, it’s a liberation."

    Randon was born in the French town of Ales to Protestant parents, along with two brothers.

    The family was separated during the First World War, when her brothers went to fight – however, both survived.

    Randon converted to Catholicism at the age of 19 and became a nun eight years later.

    She selected the name Sister André in honour of one of her brothers, who by that point had passed away.

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    As a young woman, Randon also worked as a teacher and governess.

    She spent the majority of World War II looking after children, before travelling to Vichy, France, to work in a hospital at the end of the six-year conflict.

    Randon spent 28 years supporting orphans and the elderly there.

    The former oldest person in the world, Mrs Tanaka, was born on January 2, 1903.

    On 19 April 2022, Mrs Takane died, making Randon the world's oldest verified living person.

    Randon described the news as a "sad honour" and added that she would "be better off in heaven".

    Randon also became the oldest known survivor of Covid after she tested positive for the virus a month before her 117th birthday, and was asymptomatic.

    She moved into her Toulon nursing home in 2009 and by the early 2010s she was wheelchair-bound and latterly blind.

    It is believed she ate chocolate and had a glass of wine every day.

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