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Thursday, February 25, 2016

World's oldest person, Misao Okawa, dies at 117

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died on Wednesday, just a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday .

Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her for achieving a long, healthy life, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her Osaka nursing home.

“She went so peacefully, as if she had just fallen asleep,“ Okada said. “We miss her a lot.“

Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.

A 116-year-old American woman, Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, is now the world's oldest person, according to Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of supercentenarians. She was born July 4, 1898.
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