SAN DIEGO – Mexican-born Soledad Mexia, who at age 114 was the world’s fifth-oldest person, died Aug. 30 at a nursing home in Chula Vista, California, her family told Efe.
“The cause was respiratory insufficiency. She began to feel very weak and the doctors could not stabilize her just seven days after the family celebrated her birthday,” Rosalia Ferreira, Mexia’s granddaughter, told Efe.
Mexia, according to the Gerontology Research Group, was in “perfect health without any ailments,” her daughter Armida Galaz had told Efe a few days before celebrating Mexia’s birthday on Aug. 13 at the nursing home in Chula Vista.
Galaz, with whom Mexia had lived for two decades, said that she was transferred to the nursing home three years ago “because ... they can provide the resources she needs 24 hours a day.”
Considered one of the world’s few “supercentenarians,” people who make it to 110 years of age, Mexia was born in 1899 in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa and became a U.S. citizen when she turned 100.
She had 10 children, of whom five are still alive, along with 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild. EFE