She Led a Fruitful Life
Ivanka Perko, 73-years-old, survived Nazis and the brutal regime of Yugoslavian dictator Marshal Josip Tito. "She escaped Slovenia with nothing but the clothes on her back and a pocket full of black pepper to ward off the guard dogs, and for that I am most grateful," Mr Perko said.
Yet, this remarkable woman was ultimately brought down by a banana.
Perko herself, from her deathbed, said, "I can't believe after all this time it was a bloody banana that killed me."
"She had tried to open a banana and dropped it," a friend said. "The pointy end scraped down her leg and she died from complications."
Ms Perko had been ill for several months with a condition that made her skin delicate and fine.
Friends said it was seen as an appropriate end to a unique and fruitful life.