World’s Oldest Person Dies Less Than Two Weeks After Inheriting Title
DES MOINES, IOWA – Dina Manfredini, who was 115 years old, died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world’s oldest person.
According to the Associated Press, Lori Logli, Dina Manfredini’s granddaughter, said that Manfredini died on Monday morning.
Logli, however, would not give any detailed information about her grandmother’s death.
Manfredini, lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa.
Guinness World Records confirmed that she had inherited the title of world’s oldest living person less than two weeks ago.
A Georgia resident by the name of Bessie Cooper previously held the title before dying at the age of 116.
According to the Huffington Post, Besse Cooper had inherited the world’s oldest person title in January 2011.
In May 2011, Guinness World Records had learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. However, before she could inherit the title, Valentine died the following week.
Cooper was the first Georgian to ever hold the world record. She was born in Tennessee and decided to move to Georgia during World War I to look for work as a teacher.
Guinness spokesman Robert Young says that a Japanese man is believed to hold the title now.
Jiroemon Kimura was born on April 19, 1897. This makes him just 15 days younger than Manfredini.
Young says that Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, is also believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.
The oldest known person of all time was Jeanne Calment.
Calment was a French woman who lived to be 122 years old before she died in 1997.