Oldest person dies at age 116
The woman who was listed as the world''s oldest person died Tuesday in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.
Besse Cooper died peacefully Tuesday afternoon in Monroe, according to her son Sidney Cooper. Monroe is about 45 miles east of Atlanta.
Cooper said his mother had been ill recently with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday. On Tuesday he said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing. She was put on oxygen in her room and died there about 2 p.m., Cooper said.
"With her hair fixed it looked like she was ready to go," he said.
Besse Cooper was declared the world''s oldest person in January 2011. In May 2011, Guinness World Records learned that Maria Gomes Valentim of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentim died the next month.
Last year on Cooper''s 115th birthday, she celebrated with friends and relatives, enjoyed two small slivers of birthday cake and was serenaded by a musician from Nashville who sang "Tennessee Waltz."
The title of world''s oldest person now belongs to 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, of Johnston, Iowa. The oldest known person of all time was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived to be 122 years old and died in 1997.
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Posted on Fri, December 7, 2012