MAY 9 — The last surviving American passenger of the “unsinkable” Titanic died Saturday.
Lillian G. Asplund, who was 99 and a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, died of natural causes at her home in Shrewsbury, news reports say. Asplund, who was 5 years old when she and her family boarded the Titanic in 1912, was said to be the last survivor with memories of the sinking.
Asplund lost her father and three brothers (including a fraternal twin) when the vessel sank, according to reports. Asplund, her mother Selma and brother Felix — who was 3 at the time — survived. Selma Asplund died in 1964 on the 52nd anniversary of the sinking at age 91. Felix Asplund died in 1983 at age 73.
Lillian Asplund was reportedly a private person who avoided publicity and rarely spoke about her experience aboard the Titanic. She never married, according to reports, and retired early to take care of her mother who was described as having never gotten over the tragedy. Lillian Asplund reportedly told relatives not to mention the disaster in her obituary.
There are at least two other Titanic survivors living in England, reports say, but they were too young at the time to have memories of the sinking.
— Jason Fell