|Death:||18 November 2006|
Kanarpur, Odisha, India
|Age:||125 years, 321-364 days?|
Fulla Nayak (1881? - 18 November 2006) was an Indian woman who was claimed to have died aged 125, which would make her the oldest woman ever. Due to the lack of a birth certificate, her true age could not be reliably established.
Fulla Nayak, who lived in Kanarpur, a village in the Indian state of Odisha, rose to prominence in November 2006, only a few days prior to her death. The Times of India and the Indo-Asian News Service reported that Nayak's then 72-year-old grandson aimed at having his grandmother's alleged age of 125 acknowledged by Guinness World Records, which would make her the oldest woman to have ever lived. At that time, two of Fulla Nayak's four daughters were still alive, aged 80 and 92, respectively.
In the Times of India portrait of Fulla Nayak, it was reported that she was drinking palm wine and smoking ganja and beedis on a regular basis. This story was picked up and spread worldwide, turning it into a supportive anecdote for drug liberalization campaigners that is used until today.
According to her voters' ID (which had been issued in 1995), Fulla Nayak died aged 120. As a birth certificate could not be provided, there were no authoritative means to determine her age, so that the supposed record was not accepted.
- India's oldest woman dead at 125 DNA India, 19 November 2006
- 125 Jahre alte Frau sagte, Cannabis wäre ihr Altersgeheimnis Die Hanfplantage, 8 July 2011