104-Woman Who Attempted to Break Guinness World Records for Skydiving Dies 1 Week Later

104-Woman Who Attempted to Break Guinness World Records for Skydiving Dies 1 Week Later

  • A 104-year-old woman, Dorothy Hoffner, surprised many when she jumped from more than 13,000 feet to skydive
  • Despite how old she was, the woman bursting with great energy said that age is not a factor and just numbers
  • After she died a week following the attempt, her friend said he would work towards her getting the Guinness World Records title posthumously

A Chicago woman, Dorothy Hoffner, who skydived to break the Guinness World Records (GWR), died a week after the attempt.

AP News reports that if GWR had certified her, she would have been the oldest person to jump out of a plane at her age.

Oldest skydiver living/Dorothy Hoffner for Guinness World Records.
Dorothy Hoffner jumped from a plane 13,500 above ground.
Source: AFP

Energetic Dorothy Hoffner attempted skydiving

Dorothy's friend, Joe Conant, said that the woman was found dead in her sleep. It should be noted that they have been friends for years since they met at a senior living centre, USA Today reports.

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Of the great energy she commands, Conant said:

“She was indefatigable. She just kept going. She was not someone who would take naps in the afternoon, or not show up for any function, dinner or anything else. She was always there, fully present. She kept going, always.”

The skydiving task happened on Sunday, October 1, as Dorothy jumped from a plane that was 13,500 feet from the ground.

Present record holder for oldest skydiver

After completing the task, the woman later said age was just a number as many people praised her feat.

Even in death, Conant said he is working towards presenting Dorothy's attempt to the Guinness World Records so she can be posthumously certified.

Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson of Sweden, a 103-year-old, has the present record.

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Watch her skydiving video below:

Legit.ng compiled some of the reactions below:

@debrabaron1909 said:

"Wow, fun times. She's flying high now. RIP Dorothy."

@rdbeckett590 said:

"She is awesome — she was waiting to take this ride before going home."

@diocletian607 said:

"Mission accomplished. She could sign off out of this game in peace. See you next mission."

@mai.vancon said:

"If skydiving was the last thing to tick off her bucket list, then I'm convinced she died happily."

@MrTigerStarX said:

"I'm sure skydiving was a factor."

Man read to break record

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian man, John Obot, who got approval from Guinness World Records to read for 145 hours has started.

The man currently at Watbridge Hotel and Suites in Uyo, to complete the arduous task, planned to read many books.

Source: Legit.ng

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