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Woman, 116, Listed As 'World's Oldest' Dies In Georgia

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MONROE, Ga. (AP) - The woman who was listed as the world's oldest person has died in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.
    
Besse Cooper died peacefully Tuesday afternoon in Monroe, according to her son Sidney Cooper.
    
Cooper says his mother had been ill recently with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday. On Tuesday he said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing. He said she was put on oxygen in her room and died there about 2 p.m.
    
She was declared the world's oldest person in January. In May, Guinness World Records learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentin died June 21.
    
A Guinness official says the title now belongs to 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, of Johnston, Iowa.

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