The oldest person in the world, nun Eugenie Blanchard, died Thursday at age 114 years in the French Antilles, local officials said, quoted by AFP. Blanchard diedThursday morning in a hospital in Saint-Barthelemy, an island located about 250 kmnorth of Guadeloupe.
According to reports, Blanchard was born in Saint-Barthelemy on 16 February 1896.After becoming a nun, she left to serve in Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, where he acquired the nickname "Sweets, " he used to give candy to children to attendreligious services and discussions.
After he retired 30 years ago, the nun returned to the French Antilles.
His grandson, Daniel Blanchard, a former mayor of Saint-Barthelemy, EugenieBlanchard said he is convinced that he lived so much "because he decided to offer her virginity to God. "
In May 2010, Eugenie Blanchard became the oldest person in the world after the death of the Japanese Kama chinense. She died just days before turning 115 years.
According to the Gerontology Research Group, which monitors the very old, currentlyexist in the world at least 75 "supercentenari", ie persons who are at least 110 years.