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World's oldest person dies at 116

Gertrude Weaver, 116, has died j ust days after becoming the world's oldest documented person.

Ms Weaver died at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Camden, Arkansas, about 100 miles south west of Little Rock.

She became the oldest person in the world after the death of a 117-year-old Japanese woman last week, according to records kept by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.

Ms Weaver, born on July 4 1898, told reporters last week that the key to her longevity was being kind to everyone and eating her own cooking.

She also said she hoped US president Barack Obama would come to her 117th birthday party in July.

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