World’s Oldest Person Dies at 119 in Japan

Kane Tanaka, recognized as the world’s oldest person, died at age 119.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announced that she died of old age in a hospital in Fukuoka on Tuesday last week.

Born on January 2, 1903, Tanaka has survived cancer twice and lived through two pandemics— the Spanish flu and COVID-19.

The Wright Brothers’ first controlled flight of their motor-driven aircraft was also in 1903.

Marie Curie, a Polish-French scientist who coined the term ‘radioactivity’, was also the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize in 1903.

Tanaka’s family confirmed her death on Twitter and expressed their gratitude for the public’s concerns for her health.

Tanaka’s family said on Twitter she intended to live another year to reach her 120th birthday.

However, Tanaka was recently hospitalized and discharged while enjoying her favorite snacks, chocolate, and fizzy drinks.

Guinness World Records confirmed Tanaka as the oldest living person in 2019. 

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