World’s oldest woman dies short of 115th birthday
Published 22/06/2011 | 12:29
A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person died on Tuesday, just weeks shy of her 115th birthday. The title now reverts to a woman in the United States.
Maria Gomes Valentim died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived. Valentim would have turned 115 on July 9.
Guinness said on Tuesday on its website that Valentim, "the first Brazilian super-centenarian to hold the title," died at the age of 114 years, 347 days.
On May 18, Guinness determined that Valentim was 48 days older than the person previously considered the world's oldest human, Besse Cooper from Monroe, Georgia.
"With Maria's passing, the title of Oldest Living Person reverts back to American Besse Cooper, age 114 years 299 days," Guinness said.
The Georgia woman's son, Sid Cooper, said Tuesday that his mother is doing well at her Monroe retirement community.