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World's oldest person dies at 114

A 114-year-old Japanese woman, believed to have been the oldest person on the planet, is dead, the media reports.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2007 13:45 IST

A 114-year-old Japanese woman, believed to have been the oldest person on the planet, is dead, the media reported on Tuesday.

The Guinness Book of World Records had named Yone Minagawa as the oldest person on earth in January following the death of another 114-year-old, American Emma Tillman.

Yone began feeling worse in June. After a course of therapy in a hospital, she returned to the nursing home. She was believed to have been feeling better, but at 6 pm (9 am GMT) on Monday she breathed her last.

Yone outlived her husband and four of her five children. She is survived by seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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