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A woman reported to be the oldest who ever lived has died aged 127.

Fatima Mirzokulova was allegedly born in what is now Tajikistan, Central Asia, on March 13, 1893.

Throughout her long, long, life, she would have survived Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union, and Tajikistan’s independence after the fall of communism.

Although her age was never officially verified, she left behind eight children and around 200 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

The centenarian lived in the town of Dakhana in the north of the country, around a six-and-a-half-hour drive from the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe.

Fotima Mirzokulova
Fotima Mirzokulova, allegedly the oldest woman in the world, has died aged 127

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She worked for all her life in a kolkhoz, or collective farm.

AKI Press said she continued working in the cotton fields even after she retired, and loved her job.

She was buried on January 25, according to reports.

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.”

There are believed to be 78 people over 100-years-old in Tajikistan.

Fotima Mirzokulova's passport
Fotima’s passport shows she was born in 1893

Fatima could have been the last woman in the world who was born in the 1800s.

Tajik news agencies reported: “On January 25, 2020, residents of the Asht district, relatives and friends said goodbye to the most beautiful and cheerful woman — grandmother Fotima.”

The world’s oldest-ever verified woman was the Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 in August 1997, and was born in February 1875.

Tajikistan
She lived in a small village in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan

According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest woman alive today whose age can be verified is 117-year-old Kane Tanaka from Japan.

She was presented with the certificate on January 30, 2019, at her home.

Born on January 2, 1903, she celebrated reaching the world milestone by eating chocolates at her care home.

Kane Tanaka
The oldest verified woman alive today is Kane Tanaka, from Japan, who is 117 years old

The title for the oldest-ever man is still being investigated, after the death of Japanese former record holder Masazo Nonaka on January 20, 2019, at age 113.

In 2013, the world’s oldest-ever man Jiroemon Kimura – also from Japan – died aged 116.

He was born in 1897 and was the last person verified to have been born in the 19th century.



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