World's oldest person dies in Brazil

2011-06-21 21:31

Rio de Janeiro - The world's oldest person according to Guinness World Records died in the early hours of Tuesday at age 114, due to multiple organ failure, her family said.

Brazilian Maria Gomes Valentim, known in her homeland as "Grandma Quita", had only been acknowledged to be the world's oldest person on May 18.

Guinness World Records certified that she was 48 days older than US citizen Besse Cooper, who had until then been regarded as the world's oldest person.

She would have turned 115 on July 9.

Valentim was admitted to hospital on Sunday in Carangola, the town in the state of Minas Gerais where she had been born, with symptoms of pneumonia, said her great-granddaughter Tais Nolasco.

Born in 1896, she attributed her longevity to a healthy diet, including "a full roll of bread every morning with coffee, fruit and the occasional milk with linseed", according to Guinness World Records.

Till the end of her life, she could eat on her own, she enjoyed spicy food and she indulged in the occasional glass of wine.

"Grandma Quita" was the oldest of six children, and all her siblings died before her.

She married at age 16, in 1913, and she had only one child, who also died. Her husband died in 1946, and she never remarried.

  • Mugabe - 2011-06-22 08:55

    there are many older people in Africa....its unfortunate 110 years ago there were no birth certificates

      Gustredamus - 2011-06-22 09:41

      Sorry to burst your bubble mate, but what do you base that on? Sub-Saharan Africa has got the lowest life expectancy from anywhere else in the world, the quality of healthcare, ongoing wars and HIV/AIDS infections have made sure of that. The average life expectancy at birth of the world is 67.2 years, compare that with South Africa 49.3 and the lowest in the world, Swaziland at 39. Back up your posts with facts.

      Shhhh.... - 2011-06-22 10:05

      @gustredamus...whose facts are those? wher ein africa have you been. there are people much older than that. now that is a fact based on reality and not on some thump sucked opinion.

      DeonL - 2011-06-22 10:18

      Shhhh, these stats are well known to most insurance brokers, a few years ago under Mbeki and Co aids denialist rule, the average SA life expectancy was only 41 years of age. This has improved after TAC made gov. start to give out ARV drugs. (But it is the average, not the oldest etc)

  • Ixian - 2011-06-22 13:07

    @Shhhh... Okay name some of those many people. You sound like Mugabe telling the starving people in Zim that they are very fortunate to be free under his rule, all hot air but no facts.

      Irené - 2011-06-22 14:39

      my sister personally treated a patient in the Eastern Cape who was 119 at the time (its about 4 years ago now). Although she did not have a birth record, she remembered the AngloBoer war of 1899 and many other events of the time.

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