Monday, June 1, 2009
Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, has died. She was 97when she passed in her sleep at her nursing home in southern England.
Staff members discovered her in her room Sunday morning. Previously, Ms. Dean had been hospitalized with pneumonia; but, had recovered and returned to the nursing home.
Dean was just over two months old when the Titanic - billed as "practically unsinkable" - hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. The ship sank in less than three hours killing 1,517 passengers (mostly men). While Dean was one of the 706 survivors (mostly women and children), she lost her father that night.
She had been a member of the Titanic Society.