Kane Tanaka World’s Oldest Person Dies At The Age Of 119 In Japan

The world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, dies at 119. The record holder Kane Tanaka of Japan reportedly died last Tuesday. According to the Guinness World Records, she died at the age of 119 in Japan. The last update was from the family of Tanaka as they tweeted on April 13 that Tanaka had been recently “hospitalized and discharged repeatedly.” 

“I was able to come this far with the support of many people. I hope you will continue to have fun, cheerful, and energetic,”. Tanaka’s family tweeted this before her death.

Born prematurely on January 2, 1903, Tanaka was confirmed by the Guinness World Records to be the oldest living person on March 9, 2019. She was the seventh child in her family.

In one of the tweets from the official account of GWC, they wrote “We had the honor of meeting Kane Tanaka and awarding her the certificate for being the oldest living person back in 2019”, and shared a video from 2019 as well. She had lived a long life and her sad demise has affected people around the world.

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About Tanaka, Her Likes, Hobbies, And Dislikes

 Kane Tanaka
Kane Tanaka

The daily life routine as reported by the Guinness World Records is quite fascinating to everyone around the world. Even before her death, Tanaka used to wake up at 6 am in the morning and usually spent her days playing Othello.

She also had the hobby of studying maths which she did on a regular basis. Tanaka definitely enjoyed sweet delicacies and her family said she continued to ask for chocolates and cola till her final days as well. She had quite a fulfilling life and she was grateful for her family.

In her celebration of being the oldest person alive in 2019, she was given a box of chocolates as a present. She wasted no time opening and eating it, that is how much she enjoyed chocolates.

Sadly, Tanaka was diagnosed with colorectal cancer but she survived and spent her days in a rest home. Her feature of being the oldest living person has made her quite popular around the globe and she was even supposed to be one of the torchbearers in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. The coronavirus pandemic however canceled the event and her participation. This was one wish that she couldn’t fulfill in her 119 years of life on earth.

The Early Life Of Tanaka

As surprising as it may sound, Tanaka got married a century ago and had four children. She got married at the age of 19 to someone she hasn’t met before. Her husband fought for Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1973 and their son followed the legacy to fight in World War II.

Her son was also taken captive as a prisoner of war by the Soviet Union. Throughout her life, she ran various businesses and gave bread and butter to her family. She even had a noodle shop at one time in her life. She and her husband Hideo Tanaka together ran a family business where the couple sold udon, sticky rice, and zenzai, which is a delicious Japanese dessert.

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Tanka surpassed Sarah Knauss earlier this month and became the second longest-living person in recorded history. The longest living person to date remains Jeanne Louise Calment, a French woman who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. She died in 1997. After Tanaka, the oldest currently living person is Lucile Randon. She is a 118 years old French nun and holds the record now.

Tanaka had the goal of making it to 120 years old but she died at the age of 119 without this goal getting fulfilled. She held the title for the past three years since 2019 and attributed it to family, sleep, hope, and faith. We hope that Tanaka finds eternal happiness wherever she goes.

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