Dorothy Hoffner, a 104-year-old lady who had achieved a skydiving world record, died on Monday.
On October 1, the Chicago lady made history by being the oldest person to jump. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest parachutist prior to Hoffner’s leap was Sweden’s Rut Linnéa Ingegärd Larsson, who acquired the title in May 2022 at the age of 103.
In a statement, Skydive Chicago and the United States Parachute Association confirmed Hoffner’s death.
The statement went on to say that they are deeply saddened by Dorothy’s passing and are proud to have been a part of making her world-record skydive a reality.
Skydive Chicago was working with Guinness World Records to confirm Hoffner’s achievement.
Joe Conant, a close friend of Hoffner’s, expressed that she died quietly in her sleep. He went on to say that her death was unexpected.
It came as quite a shock, Conant remarked. She gave a tremendous amount of her spirit and life to all of them, and it encouraged all of them.
Conant met Hoffner five years ago while working as a caregiver at Brookdale Senior Living. He remembered telling Hoffner about his aspirations to go skydiving sometime around 2019.
She excitedly said she wanted to go,and he believed she meant she was simply wishing to come and watch, Conant stated. He explained everything to her, and she answered that it sounds fantastic. She’d like to give it a shot.
Shortly after, on her 100th birthday, Hoffner successfully performed her first leap.
Hoffner didn’t inform her family she skydived until she hit the front page of the paper following her record-breaking achievement.
Hoffner was also originally dissatisfied with the media attention she received for her accomplishment, but she eventually came to like being in the spotlight.
Conant stated that she wasn’t doing it due to the world record. She was doing it since she wanted to go skydiving.
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