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World's oldest person dies at 114

The world's oldest person according to the Guinness Book of Records dies at age 114 in the US.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 10:52 IST

The world's oldest person according to the Guinness Book of Records has died at age 114 in the US state of Connecticut.

Emma Faust Tillman had only recently become the world's oldest person, after the death of Emiliano Mercado Del Toro at age 115 January 24.

Tillman was born on November 22, 1892, in the town of Gibsonville, North Carolina. She was one of 23 children. Four of her sisters lived up to more than 100 years, Senior Journal magazine said.

Tillman died on Sunday evening in her sleep, according to the Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was residing.

"She went peacefully," Karen Chadderton, administrator of the centre, told the Hartford Courant. "She was a wonderful woman."