Kane Tanaka’s family will mourn their happy-go-lucky member who brought them nothing but happiness.
At the age of 119, the world’s oldest living individual died in Japan. Kane Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, died on April 19, according to the country’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. Tanaka’s family revealed on social media earlier this month that she had been “in and out of hospital” after becoming ill frequently. Robert Young, a senior gerontology consultant who earlier certified Tanaka’s status as the world’s oldest person living in 2019, confirmed her death. People at Guinness World Records were grieved by her loss, and expressed their grief in a tweet.
“At the age of 116 years and 28 days, she became the world’s oldest living person in January 2019. She is also the second-oldest person ever recorded, behind Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years old “read the tweet on Twitter
— 田中カ子 (@tanakakane0102) January 1, 2022
Tanaka married a rice shop owner when she was 19 years old and worked there until she was 103 years old. She lived through two world wars, the 1918 Spanish Flu, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, among other historical occurrences. Tanaka, the sixth of nine siblings, had already beaten cancer twice.
Junko, her great-granddaughter, started a Twitter account in January 2020 to commemorate the supercentenarian’s life. She shared multiple photographs of Tanaka eating cake and drinking Coca-Cola. According to CNN, Junko earlier stated, “I might be biased because I’m related to her, but I think it’s kind of great — I wanted to share it with the world and for people to feel inspired and to feel her delight.”
She celebrated her 119th birthday in January, but owing to coronavirus restrictions, she was unable to celebrate with her family in person. Her loved ones, on the other hand, did not allow this deter them from wishing her a happy milestone birthday in any manner they could. Eiji, her 62-year-old grandson, stated, “I would like to personally congratulate her soon.”
“As she gets older, I hope she stays well and has fun every day,” he said, adding that Tanaka’s next life goal was to turn 120, but she died before she did.
According to CNN, in 2020, one in every 1565 persons in Japan would be over 100, with more than 88 percent of them being women. Women have an average life expectancy of 87.45 years, while men have an average life expectancy of 81.4 years, according to official statistics issued in July 2020. “The titles of oldest person living and oldest person living (female) are currently being investigated,” Guinness World Records said on Monday.