The world’s oldest person dies at age 116

 December 4, 2012

The oldest person in the world, American Besse Cooper, recognized by the Guinness World Records, died Tuesday at age 116 years.

She died in Monroe, Georgia, about 45 minutes east of Atlanta.

Besse Cooper was born on August 26, 1896, and became the oldest person in the world according to Guinness World Records in January 2011.

In a short period was overcome by a woman originally from Brazil, 48 days older than her, Maria Gomes Valentim, but died in June 2011, just before turning 115 years old.

On the secret of his longevity, Besse said, “I only care about mine and I don’t eat junk food.”

Only eight people were documented reaching the 116 years.

According to Guinness World Records, the person who lived most was Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in southern France in 1997 at the age of 122 years old.

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