MADRID (AP) – Maria Amelia Lopez, a Spanish great-grandmother who described herself as the world’s oldest blogger and became a Web sensation as she mused on events current and past, died May 20. She was 97.

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

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 Lopez shared her thoughts on everything from life in Spain under the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which she criticized.

Lopez said discovering the Internet and communicating with people all over the world changed her life, and she urged elderly people everywhere to get wired.

Lopez’s notoriety even earned her a meeting last year with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whom she supported enthusiastically.


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