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Nguyễn Thị Trù
Nguyen Thi Tru
Birth: 4 May 1893?
Death: 12 July 2016
Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Age: 123 years, 69 days?
Country: VietnamVIE
Longevity claimant

Nguyen Thi Tru (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Thị Trù) (4 May 1893?– 12 July 2016) was a Vietnamese longevity claimant. If her claim were legitimate, she would be the oldest validated person ever, but only mid-life and late-life documentation currently has been presented for her claim.


Nguyen was born into a farming family in Can Giuoc District in the southern province of Long An Province. She migrated to the neighboring Saigon, present-day Ho Chi Minh City, after marriage and settled down in Binh Chanh District on the outskirts. She has seen her country ruled by the Japanese, French and Americans, as well as split and subsequently reunified as a modern nation-state. During the Vietnam War, Nguyen's family survived without death or injuries, but the family was forced to relocate in 1974 after the area around her home became a site of battle. She has outlived her husband who died in 1975 at the age of 85. They had 11 children (three sons and eight daughters; nine of them passed away before she). At time of death she had 20 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren, 30 great-great grandchildren.

She passed away on 12 July 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City. Local officials said she died of natural causes due to her age. Her family said just before the day she died, she still could finish her meals and take her medicine without anyone’s help. They said that her mind was no longer very sharp though. She lived with 79-year-old (in 2016) Nguyen Thi Ba, her youngest daughter-in-law. Nguyen Thi De, her eighth daughter, said that she maintained the habit of eating and drinking in moderation until her death. Her funeral was held in her hometown and her body was buried on Sai Gon Thien Phuc Cementery.