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World's Oldest Person Dies

Besse Cooper receives a kiss from her grandson during a Guinness World Records ceremony in Monroe, Ga, March 10, 2011.
Besse Cooper receives a kiss from her grandson during a Guinness World Records ceremony in Monroe, Ga, March 10, 2011.
The woman listed as the world's oldest person has died at the age of 116.
 
Besse Cooper was one of only a handful of people recognized by the Guiness World Records to have ever lived to that age. She died Tuesday about 70 kilometers outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Her son Sidney Cooper said she was put on oxygen in her room after she started having trouble breathing. He said she died "peacefully" Tuesday afternoon.
 
Cooper was declared the world's oldest person in January but was stripped of the title in May, when it was learned that a Brazilian woman was 48 days older. Guiness World Records handed Cooper back the title when the Brazilian woman died on June 21.
 
Cooper was a former schoolteacher who lived through three centuries. She is survived by four children.

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by: Kristin from: sun city
December 05, 2012 1:40 PM
My condolences to the family of Besse Cooper, may she rest in peace. if anyone is interested in more information on these amazing people or other supercentenarians(people over 110 years) we track all verified living supercentenarians at http://www.livingsupercentenarians.com.

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