Just months after celebrating her 114th birthday, Harlem resident, Alelia Murphy has passed away.
Murphy’s granddaughter Nefer Nekhet confirmed that her grandmother died on Saturday. The health care workers union, 1199SEIU, for which Nekhet is a member, released a statement on Wednesday announcing Murphy’s passing.
In July, her 114th birthday celebration in the Harlem neighborhood she had lived in since 1926 made national headlines as she was named the oldest living American. Murphy was surrounded by friends, family and the community that loved her dearly. July 6 had also been declared “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.”
During the ceremony, New York state Sen. Brian Benjamin dubbed Murphy a “Harlem landmark.
“She is the glue that holds this family together,” Nekhet said of her grandmother at the time.
Though Murphy did not speak at the ceremony, she did have family reveal that she believed she had reached her major milestone because of God and “being a good person.”
— The Charlotte Observer (@theobserver) August 15, 2018
As of Friday afternoon, it is not clear if officials have determined Murphy’s cause of death.
We send out sincerest condolences to Murphy’s family.
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