At 104 years old, Guinness World record skydiver passes away

An American woman, 104 years old, passed away two days ago, just a few days after making a record-breaking skydive and entering the Guinness World Records.

Dorothy Hoffer, a woman from Chicago, the USA, entered the Guinness World Records as the oldest person to jump out of an airplane. She achieved this with her latest parachute jump at the beginning of October.

A close friend of Hoffer, named Jo Conan, stated that the employees at the senior community in Brookfield Lake View found her deceased on Monday morning, adding, “It seems Hoffer passed away in her sleep on Sunday night.”

Conan, a nurse, recounted meeting Mrs. Hoffer several years ago when she was a caregiver for another resident at the senior care center, saying, “She had amazing energy and remained mentally sharp.”

She continued, “She never slowed down and kept moving forward,” adding, “She wasn’t the kind of person who would take a nap in the afternoon or miss any event, dinner, or anything else. She was always there, fully present. She just kept going.”

On October 1, 2023, Hoffer made a parachute jump, which allowed her to break the world record as the oldest skydiver in the world.

Dorothy jumped out of an airplane from an altitude of 13,500 feet (4,100 meters) at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, located 85 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Chicago.

Hoffer told the cheering crowd moments after landing, “Age is just a number.” This wasn’t her first time jumping out of an airplane; she did it when she was 100 years old.

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