A woman who is believed to be the oldest person to have ever lived and claimed to have only enjoyed one day of her entire life died while praying at the age of 129, according to the Daily Mail.
Koku Istambulova, who was from the Chechen region of Russia, was born in 1889 according to her official records which do not stipulate the exact date. She survived Stalin's persecution of the Chechen people but claimed her long life was a curse rather than a blessing and said there was only one day in her entire life when she had been truly happy.
In an interview given last year, which went viral around the world, Istambulova said that the day she was able to return from exile in Kazakhstan to the home she built with her own hands in Chechnya was her happiest.
Her grandson, Iliyas Abubakarov, explained to the Daily Mail the circumstances of her death, which occurred on January 27 in her home village of Bratskoe.
"She was joking, she was talking," he said. "Then she suddenly felt unwell, she complained of a chest pain. We called the doctor, we were told that her blood pressure had dropped, and injections were made. But they failed to save her. She died sometime later. She died in a quiet way, fully conscious, praying."
Istambulova outlived all of her children, but she is survived by five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was born before Tsar Nicholas II was crowned and lived through his overthrow and the decades of Communist oppression under the Soviet regime.