Well-Being Longevity

Oldest person in the US reportedly dies at 115

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  • Robert Sorenson, 94, said his aunt Thelma Sutcliffe “passed away peacefully in Omaha at an assisted living facility.”
  • Sutcliffe, who was born Oct. 1, 1906, became the fifth oldest person in the world shortly before her death.
  • “I don’t believe in worrying at all,” Sutcliffe reportedly said. “What good does it do? That’s how you live to be my age.”

The oldest person in the U.S. has died at 115, according to a family member.  

Robert Sorenson, 94, said his aunt Thelma Sutcliffe “passed away peacefully in Omaha at an assisted living facility,” CNN reported 

“I am the last closest relative that she has. She was very important to me. She was good to me and my siblings all throughout the years,” Sorenson added. 

Sutcliffe, who was born Oct. 1, 1906, became the fifth oldest person in the world shortly before her death, according to The Gerontology Research Group.  

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“She died very peacefully,” Sutcliffe’s friend Luella Mason told the Omaha World-Herald. “It was time, she was ready.” 

Mason told the paper Sutcliffe never worried about things that were out of her control, saying Sutcliffe believed it was key to her longevity.  

“I don’t believe in worrying at all,” Sutcliffe reportedly said. “What good does it do? That’s how you live to be my age.” 


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