Tuesday 21 October 2014

World's oldest person dies at 116

Published 05/12/2012 | 02:24

Besse Cooper is kissed by her grandson Paul Cooper, 42 (AP/John Amis)

A woman listed as the world's oldest person has died in a Georgia nursing home at 116.

Besse Cooper died peacefully on Tuesday in Monroe, east of Atlanta, her son Sidney said.

Mr Cooper said his mother had been ill over the weekend with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday.

He said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing, was put on oxygen in her room and died there at about 2pm local time.

Mrs Cooper was declared the world's oldest person in January, but in May, Guinness World Records learned that Brazilian Maria Gomes Valentin was 48 days older. Ms Valentin died on June 21.

A Guinness official says the title now belongs to 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, of Johnston, Iowa.

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