The great-grandmother passed away at her retirement home in Bradford, northern England, where she lived for three years. Mrs Bean was an active Twitter user and was also on Facebook for the past two years, gathering a star-studded fan base.
Among her followers was Aussie singer Peter Andre, who she met last year and later starred on his television show. A picture of the Andre kissing her forehead is the profile picture on her Facebook and Twitter pages. She was also followed by Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher and British radio and TV anchor Chris Evans.
The announcement of her death was made by the facility’s manager Pat Wright, who had been keeping Bean’s followers updated after she was taken ill with jaundice. “Ivy passed away peacefully at 12.08 this morning,” she tweeted. “I’m sorry it took me so long to tell you but it was a very difficult thing to do.”
Hundreds of tributes poured in for Ivy on Twitter and Facebook, where a page entitled RIP Ivy Bean was set up. Fans called her an “amazing woman” who was an “inspiration” and commended her “humor, spirit and love of adventure.” Bean tried to tweet at least once a day, and her Friday “fish and chip” tweets became legendary among her followers.
“I always enjoy fish and chips they are my favourite hope you all have a good day its dinner time soon,” read one of her tweets. She also recently tweeted a picture of her new great-granddaughter. Mrs Bean also posted the video of her meeting Peter Andre, which featured on his ITV2 reality show. She was cited as being his oldest fan.
At the time, she tweeted, “I have been to meet my friend peter it has made me feel a lot better now and looking forward to my tweets.”