Monday, May 08, 2006
The last living American survivor of the sinking of the legendary ocean liner Titanic has died. Lillian Gertrud Asplund was 99 years old when she died in her sleep Saturday at her home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, seen in this undated family photo
Asplund was just five-years-old when the ship, touted to be unsinkable, struck an iceberg on a voyage from England to the United States. It sank in the icy Atlantic off Newfoundland on April 15, 1912. Asplund survived the disaster with her mother and three-year-old brother. But her father and three other brothers died. Her death leaves just two known Titanic survivors still alive. Both live in England.