The French nun Lucile Randon, known as Sister André, who since April 2022 was the doyen of humanity, died in the early hours of Monday to Tuesday, in the nursing home where she was, in Toulon, in the south of France.
“She died at 02:00 The sadness is great, but she wanted, it was her desire to join her dear brother. For her, it is a liberation”, explained David Tavella, responsible for communication at Sainte-Catherine-Labouré, residential establishment for the elderly where she lived.
No official body awards titles such as dean, but experts agreed that Sister Andrew was the oldest living person whose record has been verified.
The Guinness Book of Records also recorded this record on April 25, after the death at the age of 119 of the Japanese Kane Tanaka.
Sister André had not hidden a certain weariness for several years. In January 2022, she confided to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that she intended to “withdraw” but that “the good Lord was not listening”.
In a wheelchair and blind, Sister André, born Lucile Randon on February 11, 1904 in Alès, in the south of France, lamented having lost part of her physical abilities.
“They say work kills. For me, it was work that made me live, I worked until I was 108 years old ”, she said in April 2022 when she became doyenne of humanity, after having been doyenne of the French and then of Europeans.