Posted on Feb 01, 2020, 6 p.m.
Reportedly born March 13, 1893, as per her passport, Fotima Mirzokulova from Tajikistan, Central Asia who lived through Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union, and the fall of communism, has died at the age of 127; the death of this longevity warrior may mark the passing of the last known person to remember the 1800s.
Although her age was never officially verified Mirzokulova leaves behind a legacy of 8 children and around 200 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. This supercentenarian worked her entire life in a collective farm, and continued to work in the cotton fields even after retiring because she loved her job.
The official site of Asht district administration said in a statement: "She has been working in the collective farm all her life. When she retired, she stayed at home and worked in agriculture. Fatima Mirzokulova participated in the cotton harvest from the beginning to the end of the season."
Tajikistan is believed to be the home to at least 78 other people with exceptional longevity who have also broken the 100 year age marker to become centenarians. However, it is possible that Mirzokulova may have been the last woman in the world who was born in the 1800s.
Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment who died at the age of 122 is the oldest woman ever to be verified. Kane Tanaka from Japan is reported to be the oldest woman alive today whose age was verified to be 117, according to the Guinness World Records who was presented the certificate in her care home on January 30, 2019, and celebrated the milestone by eating chocolates.
Currently the official title for the world’s oldest man is still under investigation after the passing of the former record holder Masazo Nonaha from Japan who reached the age of 113 before passing on January 20, 2019. Before that in 2013 Jiroeman Kimura from Japan held the record reaching the age of 116 years old, being born in 1897 and the last verified person to be born in the 19th century.
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