I get a cynical laugh out of these “oldest person has died” stories, both for the fact that they’re vaguely reminiscent of monarchical transitions (monarchy travels faster than the speed of light), and the thought that the new inheritors must find all the attention a bit stressful, as well as somewhat ghoulish.

Julie Winnifred Bertrand, the world’s oldest woman at 115, died in her sleep in a Montreal nursing home, according to Canadian media reports Friday…

Bertrand became the world’s oldest woman last month, after the death of Elizabeth Bolden, a Tennessee woman born on Aug. 15, 1890, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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