The world’s oldest woman, Kane Tanaka, has died aged 119.
Tanaka passed away in Japan last week, according to a statement released by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Per CNN, she was born on January 2, 1903, and broke the Guinness World Record in 2019 to become the oldest living person. Tanaka died on April 19, 2022.
The Guinness World Records shared their condolences following the announcement of Tanaka’s death.
She became the oldest living person in January 2019 at the age of 116 years and 28 days.
She is also the second oldest person ever recorded, behind only Jeanne Calment who lived to the age of 122. pic.twitter.com/DtWGvRpwcA
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) April 25, 2022
“We’re sad to report that Kane Tanaka has passed away at the age of 119,” they said. “Kane was the oldest living person in the world.”
Throughout her incredible life, she battled cancer twice, lived through two world wars, survived the 1918 Spanish flu and more.
While Tanaka was the oldest living person in the world at the time, she also became the second oldest person ever on record, behind Jeanne Calment who lived to 122.
Tanaka wed when she was 19-years-old to Hideo Tanaka, a rice shop owner, and they had five children together – four biological and one adopted. She worked in her family business until she was 103.
Following her death, the Guinness World Records has confirmed the oldest living person is French woman, Sister André, born 11 February 1904 as Lucile Randon.
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