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Antonia da Santa Cruz
Antonia da Santa Cruz
Antonia da Santa Cruz on her 116th birthday in 2021
Birth: 13 June 1905
Bahia, Brazil
Death: 23 January 2022
Bahia, Brazil
Age: 116 years, 224 days
Country: BrazilBRA

Antonia da Santa Cruz (13 June 1905 – 23 January 2022) was a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) on 4 February 2021. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living validated person in Brazil, as well as the second-oldest validated Brazilian person ever, behind Francisca Celsa dos Santos. She was also the third-oldest validated living person in the world, behind Lucile Randon and Kane Tanaka.

Following the death of Jeanne Bot on 22 May 2021, Cruz became the last known surviving validated person born in 1905. She was also the oldest validated person born in 1905.


Antonia da Santa Cruz was born on a farm that then belonged to Queimadas, near Santaluz, Bahia, Brazil, on 13 June 1905. Her parents were Francisco Pereira de Santa’Anna and Anna Maria de Jesus. She was born on the feast day of Saint Anthony, which was why her parents named her Antonia. She had 11 children. She also adopted her nephew, Jose Luiz Medrado (aged 64 in December 2019).

In 2017, she had 68 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren, and 35 great-great-grandchildren. In December 2019, she had a 104-year-old sister living in Rio de Janeiro.

On 18 February 2021, at the age of 115, she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She was the oldest (known) person to receive the vaccine until Kane Tanaka received it around September 2021.

She became the oldest validated living person in Brazil, as well as the third-oldest living validated person in the world, after the death of Francisca Celsa dos Santos on 5 October 2021.

Antonia da Santa Cruz lived with her 82-year-old daughter, Maria Medrado in Salgadalia, Conceicao do Coite, Bahia, Brazil, where she died of natural causes on 23 January 2022 at the age of 116 years, 224 days.



Brazil's Oldest Documented Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Placida Maria do LivramentoAna Nogueira de LucasMaria Gomes Valentim • Maria Amorim GularteEleonora Camargo VeigaAlida Grubba Rudge • Luzia MohrsFrancisca Celsa dos Santos • Antonia da Santa CruzInah Canabarro Lucas •