Last known person born in the 19th century passes away aged 117

Last known person born in the 19th century passes away aged 117

- The world's oldest person has passed away aged 117

- Nabi Tajima was born on 4 August, 1900

- She was therefore the last known person born in the 19th century

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The world's oldest known person passed away on Saturday, 21 April at the age of 117.

Nabi Tajima died in a hospital in Kikai Island, about 1,450km southeast of Tokyo, Briefly.co.za learned.

Tajima was born on 4 August, 1900. This made her the last surviving person born in the 19th century, which includes the years between 1 January, 1801 and 31 December, 1900.

Nabi Tajima was the world's oldest known person. Source: The Betoola Advocate

Nabi Tajima was the world's oldest known person. Source: The Betoola Advocate

Speaking to Kyodo News, Tajima’s 65-year-old grandson Hiroyuki said:

She passed away as if falling asleep. As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her, ‘Rest well.'

Reports indicate that Tajima had nine children — seven sons and two daughters. She is also survived by at least 160 descendants.

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In an interview before her passing, Tajima said the secrets to her long life were eating "delicious food" and sleeping well.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, Tajima was among 37 supercentenarians — or people who are at least 110 years old — in the world.

Chiyo Miyako, another Japanese woman, is now the world's oldest person. She is aged 116 years old.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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