Days After Becoming World's Oldest Person, Arkansas Woman Dies at 116
Gertrude Weaver, who last week became the world's oldest-known living person, has died at the age of 116 at a senior care facility in Arkansas. Ms. Weaver died due to complications from pneumonia. She passed away peacefully at 10:12 this morning, according to the staff at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden where she was a resident. Ms. Weaver, born in 1898, was already the oldest person in America, but she was pronounced the world's oldest person on April 1 after it was announced that 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan had died. Ms. Weaver credited her longevity to home-cooked meals and kindness. "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you," she said. Her 117th birth would've been on the Fourth of July and she wanted President Barack Obama to attend. Rest in peace, Ms Weave.
Sidebar: Three people now share the title of world's oldest: Jeralean Talley of Michigan, Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York City and Emma Morano of Italy. All three are 115.