August 30, 2005

Dutchwoman, “world’s oldest person,” dies aged 115

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutchwoman, the world's oldest
person on record who swore by a daily helping of herring for a
healthy life, died on Tuesday aged 115, the ANP news agency

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher
born on June 29, 1890, died in her sleep at a nursing home in
the northern Dutch town of Hoogeveen.

"Mrs Van Andel-Schipper passed away peacefully," ANP quoted
the director of the nursing home as saying. "She told me that
she thought it was great to have been the world's oldest person
and that she looked back on a very fine life."

Also known as Hennie, the passionate soccer fan married a
tax inspector in the 1930s and was forced to sell her jewelry
to buy food during the German occupation in World War Two.

The Guinness World Records book had confirmed she was the
world's oldest known person.

The world's oldest living man on record, Emiliano Mercado
Del Toro, lives in Puerto Rico. He was born on August 21, 1891.

The record for the longest life is held by French woman
Jeanne-Louise Calment who died aged 122 in 1997, according to
Guinness World Records ( ).