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‘Oldest person in the world’ – believed to be 124 years old – dies in Philippines

‘Oldest person in the world’ – believed to be 124 years old – dies in Philippines: Francisca Susano passes away before Guinness World records could officially verify her age

  • Francisca Susano, known affectionately as Lola, died around 6.45pm Tuesday 
  • Guinness World Records had still been working to verify her age in September 
  • A cause of death has not yet been determined. She showed no signs of Covid-19 
  • Susano was born September 11, 1897, when the country was still ruled by Spain 


A woman believed to be the oldest person in the world has died at the age of 124 in the Philippines, local officials confirmed today.

Francisca Susano, known affectionately as Lola, died at around 6.45pm on Tuesday at her home in Kabankalan in the province of Negros Occidental.

Guinness World Records had still been carrying out age verification as of September to declare her the world’s oldest living person.

A cause of death has not yet been determined. Susano had not exhibited any symptoms of Covid-19.

The supercentenarian was born on September 11, 1897, when the country was still ruled by Spain. 

Susano was celebrated by the local government on her birthday with certificates to mark her achievement, as well as a cake and flowers. 

Politician Rodolfo Ordanes filed a petition that month urging the House of Representatives to award her a £15,000 gift in recognition of her ‘monumental achievement.’ 

Francisca Susano, known affectionately as Lola, died at around 6.45pm on Tuesday at her home in Kabankalan in the province of Negros Occidental

Susano is surrounded by well wishers on her 124th birthday. Local officials say she is the oldest person in the world

Susano after being congratulated on her birthday in September

Susano is surrounded by well wishers on her 124th birthday in September. Local officials say she is the oldest person in the world

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