World’s Oldest Person Misao Okawa Has Died At 117-Years-Old

World's Oldest Person Misao Okawa Has Died At 117-Years-Old

The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, has passed away at the age of 117-years-old, according to a new report from the Associated Press. May she rest in peace.

She passed away on Wednesday, just three weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. An official named Tomohiro Okada at her nursing home in Osaka revealed that she passed away as a result of heart failure. He said that she stopped breathing in her sleep as she was surrounded by relatives and nursing home workers.

Okada said, “She went so peacefully, as if she had just fallen asleep. We miss her a lot.””

Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Japan on March 5, 1898 and was recognized as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013. At the time, she was presented with a certificate stating that at the age of 114 years and 359 days, she was the oldest living person on the planet.

Okawa has resided in the nursing home since 1997. At the age of 110-years-old, she became unable to walk and used a wheelchair to get herself around in order to avoid falls. Ten days ago, Okawa lost her appetite, but prior to that she was eating quite well. When asked about her secret to living a long life, she previously credited eating sushi and sleeping. Later she said, “I wonder about that, too.”

Okawa married her husband Yukio in 1919 and they produced three children. He passed away in 1931, but she was survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, an 116-year-old woman from Arkansas named Gertrude Weaver has been named as the world’s oldest person. She was born on July 4, 1898.

In a recent interview, Weaver told the Associated Press the secret behind her longevity. She said, “Trusting in the Lord, hard work and loving everybody.”

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