Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person, died at the age of 116 on Thursday, May 12, Robert Young, a consultant at her public housing facility told the Associated Press. The Alabama-born former nanny, who received the Guinness World Records title in July 2015, was born in 1899, four years before the Wright brothers took their first flight in 1903.
“Ms. Jones was the very last American from the 1800s,” said Young, whose gerontology research group manages a database of the world’s longest-living people.
Jones passed away at the senior housing facility in Brooklyn where she’s lived for the past three decades. Young told the AP that Jones had been ill for the past 10 days.
Jones said in a 2015 interview with USA Today that bacon and sleep was her secret to a long life. According to the paper, she had a sign in her kitchen that read “Bacon makes everything better.”
She is survived by 100 nieces and nephews, but had no children of her own.
A 116-year-old woman named Emma Morano, who resides in Italy, is now unofficially the world’s oldest person, according to Young.