World’s Oldest Person Dies

DES MOINES, Iowa (December 17, 2012)—Dina Manfredini, a 115-year-old Iowa woman, has died less than two weeks after she inherited the title of world's oldest person, her granddaughter said.

Lori Logli said Manfredini died Monday morning, but wouldn't elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death.

Manfredini lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston.

Guinness World Records confirmed she inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago.

Bessie Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

Guinness spokesman Robert Young says a Japanese man is believed to now hold the title.

Jiroemon Kimura was born on April 19, 1897, which makes him just 15 days younger than Manfredini.

Young said Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, also is believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.

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