Sunday, 4 January 2009

World's oldest person dies at 115

In this Sept. 10, 2006 file photo Maria de Jesus, looks at the candles on her birthday cake as she celebrated her one hundred and thirteen year borthday in Corujo, Portugal, 150km north of Lisbon. A woman who lived to see five of her great-great grandchildren born and was believed to have been the world's oldest person living, has died in northwest Portugal at the age of 115, officials said Friday Jan. 2, 2009.

De Jesus, who lived to reach 115 years and 114 days and was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records and the Gerontology Research Group as the world's oldest person, died in an ambulance near the town of Tomar.

File photo of Maria de Jesus walking out from her house in Tomar, central Portugal in this September 9, 2006 file photo. Maria de Jesus born September 10, 1893 was the world's oldest person and died on January 2, 2009, according to a local undertaker and the hospital. Picture taken September 9, 2006.

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