World’s Oldest Person Dies at 117

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The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa of Osaka Japan, died Wednesday, April 1st ,a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday, according to the  LA Times.

The Japanese woman, who said her 117 years went by rather quickly, died of heart failure and stopped breathing, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her Osaka nursing home, according to USA Today.

Okawa wed her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had two daughters and a son. Her husband died in 1931, according to the AP.

A 116-year-old American woman, Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, is now the world’s oldest person, according to Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of supercentenarians. She was born July 4, 1898, reported the LA Times.

Japan’s oldest person is now a 115-year-old Tokyo woman, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The name of the woman, who was born March 15, 1900, was not released at the request of her family, the ministry said, according to the LA Times.