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World’s oldest person dies at age 116

August 29, 2006

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— Maria Esther de Capovilla, considered the world's oldest person, has died in her native Ecuador, her granddaughter said Monday. At 116, she was born the same year as Charlie Chaplin and married the year the U.S. entered World War I.

An American woman, Elizabeth Bolden of Memphis, Tenn., is now the oldest known person alive, according to Guinness World Records. She is also 116 - but 11 months younger than Capovilla.

Capovilla died early Sunday, two days after she came down with pneumonia, in a hospital in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1889, the same year as Chaplin and Adolf Hitler. She was married in 1917 and widowed in 1949, the year Berlin split into East and West.

Emiliano Mercado Del Toro of Puerto Rico retains the title as oldest man. He turned 115 last Monday.

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