World's oldest person dies at 114: Guinness records

Wed May 5, 2010 2:54pm EDT
 
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TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, has died at the age of 114, Guinness World Records said.

Kama Chinen from Japan died on May 2, aged 114 years and 357 days, Guinness World Records said on its website.

The world's oldest person is now Eugenie Blanchard, a woman born on February 16, 1896 on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which maintains a registry of the oldest people.

(Reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Editing by Sugita Katyal)

 
<p>Eugenie Blanchard sits in the Hospital Bruyn, in Gustavia on the Caribbean Island of Saint-Barthelemys February 19, 2010. Blanchard, a former nun, was born on February 16, 1896 and is 114 years old. She is now the oldest person in the world, according to French media, after Kama Chinen of Japan passed away on May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Pere Pinya</p>