The world’s oldest person, nun Sister Andre, has died at the age of 118 in France, her retirement home has confirmed. Sister Andre was born on February 11, 1904. She was the world’s oldest living person according to the Gerontology Research Group’s (GRG) World Supercentenarian Rankings List.
Lucile Randon assumed the name Sister Andre when she joined a Catholic charitable order in 1944, according to The Irish Times.
The same publication reports that she became the oldest, verified person in the world on the death of Kane Tanaka from Japan, who died at the age of 119 in April 2022.
A spokesperson for Sister Andre’s nursing home told Le Parisien: “She died at 2am. There is great sadness but she wanted it. It was her desire to join her beloved brother. For her, it’s a release.”
Raised as a Protestant, Sister Andre converted to Catholicism when she was 19 in 1923. She took the name Sister Andre in honor of her brother.
A fellow Frenchwoman holds the world record for the oldest confirmed age reached by a human being. Jeanne Calment was 122 when she died in 1997 in Arles.