World’s oldest person dies

The world’s oldest person Misao Okawa has died just a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday in Osaka, Japan,The Guardian reports. Miss Okawa was born on 5 March 1898 as the daughter of a Kimono store owner, she married Yukio in 1919 who died in 1931. Over the course of her life Okawa had two daughters and a son, who went on to give her four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren who are still living.

Staff members from the nursing home where Okawa lived for the final years of her life stated she had stopped eating around 10 days before her death on Wednesday morning and died peacefully with her family around her. According to AnastasiaDate, a nurse at the home stated she believed eating was her motivation for survival and after losing her appetite no longer had the strength to continue surviving stated The Guinness Book or World Records recognized Okawa as their oldest living person in 2013 and will now begin the search for the latest record holder. The Japanese Government stated a 115 year old woman is now their oldest living person, but her name would not be released to respect her privacy and that of her family.