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Maria A. Lopez, 97; elderly blogger attracted millions

Associated Press / May 27, 2009
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MADRID - A Spanish great-grandmother who described herself as the world's oldest blogger - and who became a Web sensation as she mused on events current and past - has died at the age of 97.

Maria Amelia Lopez died May 20 in her hometown of Muxia in Spain's northwest Galicia region, according to her blog amis95.blogspot.com. No cause of death was given.

Mrs. Lopez started blogging in 2006 after her grandson - "who is very stingy," she wrote - created the site as a present for her 95th birthday.

The blog went on to attract a huge following, with more than 1.7 million hits, as Mrs. Lopez shared her thoughts on everything from life in Spain under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco to the US-led invasion of Iraq, which she criticized.

She said discovering the Internet and communicating with people all over the world changed her life, and she urged elderly people everywhere to get wired. "It took 20 years off my life," she wrote. "My bloggers are the joy of my life. I did not know there was so much goodness in the world."