Oldest person in America, Alelia Murphy, dies at age 114

Months after being named the oldest living person in the United States, New York resident Alelia Murphy has died at the age of 114.

Murphy’s death was announced Wednesday by United Healthcare Workers East — a union organization which attended the supercentenarian’s birthday celebration July 6.

“It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Mrs. Aleila Murphy,” the 1199 SEIU said in tweet. “Mrs. Murphy was the oldest living American, having celebrated her 114th birthday in July, surrounded by her family, friends, community leaders, & members of our AFRAM Caucus.”

Her historic accomplishment was celebrated alongside her family and friends and was verified by the Gerontology Research Group, a database that records the oldest humans in the world.

Harlem resident Alelia Murphy was born in 11905 and was believed to be the oldest American alive after she turned 114 earlier in the year. She was even honoured by the Harlem State Office Building on the occasion.

At her birthday party, which was held at the Harlem State Office Building in New York, Murphy gave a piece of advice when asked the secret to living a long life.

“Treat people right,” she said.

At the time of death, Alelia was believed to be the fifth oldest person in the world, the oldest being Kane Tanaka who is 116-years-old as of now.

A New York City resident all her life, Murphy grew up in Harlem and raised two children by herself after the death of her husband. According to reports, the elderly woman was in good health at the time of passing and only took vitamin supplements and thyroid medication.


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