According to The New York Times, Dorothy Hoffner, the 104-year-old American woman who recently became the oldest skydiver in the world, peacefully passed away in her Chicago home on Monday.
Dorothy Hoffner, the celebrated centenarian who gained international fame for her incredible skydiving feat, leaped from an airplane at Skydive Chicago Airport on October 1, setting a new Guinness World Record for the oldest tandem parachute jump.
This record had previously been held by a 103-year-old Swedish woman from the previous year.
Despite her advanced age, Dorothy Hoffner described her skydiving experience as calm and enjoyable.
After landing in Ottawa, approximately 80 miles southwest of Chicago, she shared with the Chicago Sun-Times, “There was nothing scary about it. It was nice and peaceful.”
On Sunday night, Ms. Hoffner was found deceased at the Brookdale Lake View senior living community, according to her friend Joe Conant.
A spokesperson for Skydive Chicago and the US Parachute Association expressed their honor that Hoffner’s final dive concluded her “exciting, well-lived life.”
They mentioned, “Skydiving is an activity that many of us place on our bucket lists for safekeeping, but Dorothy reminds us that it’s never too late to embrace the thrill of a lifetime.”
The New York Times reported that initially, Ms. Hoffner was “not excited” about the media attention she received last week.
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