World’s oldest person dies at 119 in Vietnam

Published: 20/06/2011 05:00



VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s oldest woman and probably the world’s oldest on Saturday died at the age of 119 in the southern province of Long An.

Tran Thi Viet. (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)

Tran Thi Viet, died at 4:30, confirmed Tran Tan Nho, head of the Tuyen Binh Tay commune government in Long An.

Memorial services start Monday.

Last year, the Vietnam Records Books (Vietkings) announced it has necessary papers to prove Viet as the oldest documented person in the world to replace Eunice Sanborn of Texas who was just 114 or 113 years old then.

Sanborn died in February this year at her home in Jacksonville, Texas at the age of either 115 or 114. Sanborn’s exact age is in dispute. The Guinness Book of World Records, which gave her the title, said she was 114, however her family insisted that the U.S. Census erred and that she was in fact 115.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s Viet, a local from Vinh Hung District in the Mekong Delta has been honored as a “Vietnamese Heroic Mother,” a title reserved for women who lost their children or husband during the war.

Viet’s husband, her seven children and a grandson all died in the war. Viet herself used to be imprisoned and tortured by the enemy.

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