Rio De Janeiro: A Brazilian woman
recognized as the oldest person in the world has died at the
age of 114, local media reported.
Maria Gomes Valentim was certified in May as the
world`s oldest person, edging past US woman Besse Cooper, who
is 48 days younger, according to Guinness World Records.
Valentim, who had been a widow since 1946 and confined
to a wheelchair, was hospitalized on Sunday with pneumonia and
died later from infection, according to the Globo news site
Born July 9, 1896, she had credited a healthy diet
with giving her a long life.
Valentim had one son, four grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.