Last Titanic Survivor Dead at 97
By Drew Nelles, Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2009 5:22 PM CDT
The Titanic International Society says Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, has died.   (AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri, File)

(Newser) – The last Titanic survivor has died at age 97, with no memory of the disaster but pleased by the attention it brought her, the BBC reports. Millvina Dean was 9 weeks old when the ship sank in 1912 and claimed her father's life, but spared her mother and brother. The Deans abandoned plans to move to America and returned to Southampton. "If it hadn't been for the ship going down, I'd be an American,” Dean liked to say.

She struggled with poverty late in life and was forced to auction some Titanic memorabilia. Titanic stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, and director James Cameron, donated funds to help pay for her nearly $5,000 monthly care home bill. Despite her hardships, Dean enjoyed telling her story. “I like it, because everyone makes such a fuss of me!” she said.

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Jun 1, 2009 4:27 AM CDT
the love story sucked but the sinking and special affects were pretty good. Can I have a pass?
Jun 1, 2009 1:24 AM CDT
Its just not an exclusive American thing that people have to die tragically before anything is done for the safety and protection of the populace. My small issue are roadside memorials put up by family members who lost a loved one in a tragic crash along a road. I think its a tragic practice in the making as someday some person or persons tending such a memorial are going to get needlessly killed for being there at the wrong time and place.