French Sister André Randon became the world’s oldest person after the death of 119-year-old Japanese woman Kane Tanaka.
Tanaka passed away on Tues., April 19 in Japan.
Sister Randon turned 118 in February, celebrating with a glass of wine and some chocolate. She also survived Covid-19 prior to her 117th birthday.
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Born Lucile Randon on Feb. 11, 1904, Sr. André converted to Catholicism at age 19. At age 25, she began caring for the elderly and orphans at a French hospital. She later entered the Daughters of Charity at age 40.
The sister is also blind and in a wheelchair. She lives in Sainte-Catherine Labouré retirement home in Toulon, France.
“She’s happy, she likes very much this attention,” Tavella said. “But it’s just another step, because her real goal is to overtake Jeanne Calment.”
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Guinness World Records published a video documenting the 118-year-old sister’s life shortly after news broke regarding Tanaka’s death.
Tavella reveals what Sister André believes is her secret to longevity.
Here’s the video below:
New record: Oldest living person – Sister André, aged 118 years and 73 days old.
Sister André, born 11 February 1904 as Lucile Randon, is the oldest living person as well as the world’s oldest nun and the oldest person to survive COVID-19 🙏 pic.twitter.com/3HisPI4saO
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) April 25, 2022
“She likes everything. She has no specific food preferences. She has very simple tastes,” Tavella said.
“Her glass of wine, which maintains her, and which is perhaps her longevity secret. I don’t know. I don’t encourage people to drink a glass of wine every day.”
Tavella says the home will hold a short press conference on Tues., April 26.
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