Japanese supercentenarian, Kane Tanaka has died as the World’s oldest woman in Japan as at the age of 119.
This development was revealed in a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
The ministry disclosed that Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, died on April 19.
In reaction to her death, renowned reference book, Guinness World Records said they were saddened to hear of Tanaka’s passing.
According to CNN, the news of her death had been confirmed by senior gerontology consultant Robert Young, who also helped confirm her record as the oldest person alive back in 2019.
“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,” Guinness World Records tweeted.
Before her death, the family of Tanaka earlier this month made comments on the death of Tanaka in a tweet. They said she had been frequently sick recently and “in and out of hospital.”
Going memory lane, Tanaka married a rice shop owner at the age of 19, and worked in the family store until she was 103.
Late Tanaka has survived cancer twice after living through a multitude of historical events, surviving two world wars and the 1918 Spanish flu — as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.