Who is Dorothy Hoffner? How did She Died?

Who is Dorothy Hoffner?

Dorothy Hoffner, a Chicago resident who had recently completed a skydiving at the age of 104 and was in the running to be recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person to ever jump from a plane, has passed away.

How did She Died?

According to Joe Conant, a close friend of Hoffner’s, the workers at the senior living complex known as Brookdale Lake View discovered her body on Monday morning. Conant stated that it appeared as though Hoffner passed away peacefully while sleeping on Sunday evening.

Conant, who is a nurse, stated that he first encountered Hoffner – whom he called Grandma at her request – some years ago while he was working as a carer for another patient at the senior living complex. Hoffner requested that Conant refer to her as “Grandma.” He mentioned that she had incredible vitality and maintained her mental acuity throughout the years.


Dorothy Hoffner 3Photo by: The Independent

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“She never seemed to get tired. She never stopped moving forward,” he stated on Tuesday. “She was not the type of person who would take naps in the afternoon or not show up for any event, dinner, or anything else,” the author writes. She was there at all times and was completely present. She never stopped moving forward.”

Dorothy Hoffner Achievement

On October 1st, Hoffner participated in a tandem skydive, which may go down in history as the jump that established her as the world’s oldest skydiver. At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, which is located 85 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Chicago, she jumped out of an aeroplane at an altitude of 13,500 feet (4,100 meters).

“Age is just a number,” Hoffner said to the applauding crowd shortly after landing. It was not her first time jumping from a plane; the first time was when she was a spry 100 years old. This time, it was her second time.

Conant stated that he was working through the necessary documentation to ensure that Guinness World Records recognizes Hoffner posthumously as the world’s oldest skydiver. However, he anticipates that this process will take some time. The previous best was achieved in May of 2022 by a Swedish woman named Linnéa Ingegard Larsson, who was 103 years old at the time.

Conant also mentioned that Hoffner did not skydive with the intention of breaking a record. He reported that she had a wonderful time on her first leap and that she was eager to go on another one.

Dorothy Hoffner 2Photo by: The Independent

“She had no intention of beating the record,” the narrator says. And she had zero interest in any sort of public appearance or activity. “She wasn’t doing it for any other reason than she wanted to go skydiving,” he claimed. “There was no other motivation.”

In a statement released on Tuesday, Skydive Chicago and the United States Parachute Association lauded Hoffner for his accomplishments.

“We are very saddened by Dorothy’s demise and feel honored to have been a part of making it possible for her to break the Guinness record for highest altitude jump.

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Source: The Independent

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