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Last Titanic survivor in United States dies

Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic disaster, has died at her home. She was 99.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 23:39 IST

Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic disaster, has died at her home. She was 99.

Asplund, who was just 5 years old at the time of the ship's sinking, lost her father and three brothers, including a fraternal twin, when the "practically unsinkable" White Star Line ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. She, along with her mother and 3-year-old brother, Felix, survived.

Ronald E Johnson, vice president of the Nordgren Memorial Chapel in Worcester, Massachusetts, where services will be held Wednesday, said Asplund died on Saturday.

"She went to sleep peacefully," he said.