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Portugal: World's oldest person dies at 115

The world's oldest person, Maria de Jesus, died on Friday at the age of 115 in a hospital in the Portuguese community of Corujo near the city of Tomar.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2009 08:40 IST
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The world's oldest person, Maria de Jesus, died on Friday at the age of 115 in a hospital in the Portuguese community of Corujo near the city of Tomar.

She held the Guinness world record for just a month after the death of American Edna Parker.

De Jesus, born Sep 10, 1983, had never left the small town where she was born and completely avoided both alcohol and coffee, relatives told local media.

Her husband, Jose, died 58 years ago, when she was 57 years old. She had six children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

"She was a real fighter, and we were lucky to know her personally," Tomar's Mayor Corvelo Sousa said.