A woman Identified as Francisca Susano, who is said to be the oldest person on earth and the last surviving woman from the 19th century has sadly passed away.
Francisca Susano, who was fondly called Lola Iska, died on Monday, Nov 22, at her home in Philippines.
The News was confirmed on social media by the local government in her hometown of Kabankalan, in Negros Occidental, confirmed the news on social media.
On Facebook, the City Government of Kabankalan said:
“It is with sadness in our heart when we received the news that our beloved Lola Francisca Susano passed away early this Monday evening November 22.
“Lola Iska is considered the oldest person in Negros Occidental and the Philippines.
“Mayor Pedro Zayco, Vice Mayor Raul Rivera and all city officials, as well as all the people of Kabankalan City, condoles and prays with the family of Lola Iska in their period of bereavement.
“Lola Iska will always remain as our inspiration and pride.”
According to city public information officer Jake Carlyne Gonzales, who spoke to CNN Philippines, It has not been ascertained what led to her death
Documents show that Lola was born on September 11, 1897, and was said to have survived this long by having a healthy diet which was more of vegetables, a little meat with no pork, She was also given credit for staying off alcohol.
Lola’s age was two years older than the previous record holders, although independent sources were not able to verify the claim before her death.
As at September, the Guinness World Records was still going through the documents needed for her to be officially declared the world’s oldest person as the official record holder for the oldest person to ever live belongs to Jeanne Calment who was born in 1875 and lived to be 122 years and 164 days old.
Her age was independently verified as the Frenchwoman passed away in 1997 after outliving both her daughter and grandson.