08.31.05

World Oldest Person, Dead At 115

Posted in Medical Science at 10:55 am by

From Reuters :

A Dutchwoman, the world’s oldest person on record who swore by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life, died on Tuesday aged 115.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher born on June 29, 1890, died in her sleep at a nursing home in the northern Dutch town of Hoogeveen.

“In the last few weeks she became weaker but she was bright up until her last. She was ready to say goodbye,” Johan Beijering, director of the Westerkim nursing home, told Reuters.

“She thought it was great she was the world’s oldest given that she weighed only three pounds when she was born. She was an optimistic woman.”

With the passing of Andel-Schipper, the World’s Second and Third Eldest Persons each move up one spot on the charts.

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