World’s oldest person dies, Besse Cooper passes away at the age of 116

By on Dec 5, 2012 in United States Comments

Besse Cooper, the world’s oldest person, dies on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the age of 116. Cooper, who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person, celebrated her 116th birthday last August 26, which was marked with a ceremony of a completed bridge in Georgia, USA.

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Besse Cooper, and grandson Paul Cooper
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As noted at CNN this Tuesday, Besse Cooper passed away that morning, which was confirmed by her 77-year old son Sidney Cooper, saying that a stylist has just finished fixing her hair when suddenly, she had trouble in breathing, adding that she died peacefully inside her room at around 2 p.m., in Walton County, where she lives.

Back in January 2011, Besse Cooper was named as Guinness World Records‘ world’s oldest living person, but lost the title in May 2011 to Maria Gomes Valentim of Brazil, who was born on July 9, 1896. Maria was 48 days older than Besse, who was born on on August 26, 1896. Valentim passed away on June 21, 2011.

“I mind my own business, and I don’t eat junk food.” Mrs Cooper once said in an interview, when asked about her secret to long life. Besse Cooper is a former school teacher and married Luther Cooper in 1924. He passed away in 1963, and she did not marry again.

Besse Cooper is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A Guinness spokesman reportedly said that Dina Manfredini, of Johnston, Iowa, is now the new world’s oldest person, at the age of 115.

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