104 Year-Old Woman Dies Days After Going Skydiving To Break Guinness World Record

The 104-year-old American woman, Dorothy Hoffner, who recently achieved the world record as the oldest skydiver, peacefully passed away in her Chicago residence on Monday, according to The New York Times.

Dorothy Hoffner, the celebrated centenarian who gained international recognition for her remarkable skydiving adventure, made a daring leap from an aircraft at Skydive Chicago Airport on October 1, breaking the Guinness World Record for the oldest tandem parachute jump.

This record had previously belonged to a 103-year-old Swedish woman from the prior 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.”

Ms. Hoffner was discovered deceased at the Brookdale Lake View senior living community by staff, as reported by her friend, Joe Conant. Her passing is believed to have occurred on Sunday night.

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.

However, as the weekend approached, her perspective changed, viewing it as an opportunity to connect with new people.

A nurse who had known Ms. Hoffner for approximately five years mentioned on Tuesday that the cause of her death had not yet been determined.

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