On August 21st, family members and neighbors in Chengdu gathered to celebrate the 119th birthday of Fu Suqing, the “world’s oldest person.” Sadly, Fu passed away on Sunday — “unexpectedly” says Shanghai Daily.
According to her Chinese identity card, Fu was born on August 21st, 1897, which would mean that she lived through three centuries. She would share her birth year with William Faulkner, Joseph Goebbels and Amelia Earhart. She had six children and her family includes around 68 people, including a great-great-grandson who was born just a few days before Fu’s birthday.
Before her birthday, Fu’s 83-year-old daughter, Xu Shunhua, said that her mom’s health wasn’t as good as it used to be and that she wasn’t eating as much as before. This fact was troubling the family because the secret to Fu’s longevity seemed to be in her diet — lots of pork, particularly Hui Gou Rou, the more fat the better.
Over the weekend, after 119 years, Fu’s family was surprised that the great-great granny had passed away so “suddenly.”
Unfortunately for Fu, she goes to the grave without Guinness World Records validation. Her family had applied several times before, but Guinness never validated Fu’s age. If they had, Fu would have been the world’s oldest person — currently that is 116-year-old Emma Martina Luigia Morano from Italy.
Instead, Fu had to settle for validation from the less than reputable London-based (but China-focused) Carrying The Flag World Records, which gave her the title of “the world’s oldest woman” in 2013 and 2016.