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World’s oldest person dies at age 114

January 30, 2007

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— Emma Faust Tillman, who became the world's oldest known living person last week, died at a nursing home. She was 114.

Tillman, the daughter of former slaves, had several family members with her when she died Sunday night, said Karen Chadderton, administrator of Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center in East Hartford.

"She went peacefully," Chadderton said Monday. "She was a wonderful woman."

Tillman was born during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison. Her reign as the world's oldest person was short-lived; she assumed the title Wednesday with the death of 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

With Tillman's death, the world's oldest person is believed to be Yone Minagawa of Fukuoka, Japan, who is 114, Guinness said.

Tillman lived independently until she was 110.

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