The oldest person in the world, a 117-year-old Japanese woman Nabi Tajima has died. She died of old age in a Kikai hospital in southern Japan on Saturday night.
The information was confirmed by Susumu Yoshiyuki, a Kikai official. Nabi Tajima had been hospitalized since January.
Born on August 4, 1900, she was the last known person born in the 19th century. She had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great-grandchildren.
Kikai is a small island south of Kyushu.
Nabi Tajima became the oldest person in the world seven months after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, she was also 117 years old.
According to the Gerontology Research Group, a gerontology research organization based in the United States, the oldest person in the world is now Chiyo Miyako, another Japanese.
She lives south of Tokyo, in Kanagawa Prefecture, and will turn 117 in ten days.
Earlier this month, the Guinness Book of Records certified Masazo Nonaka, 112, from northern Japan, as the oldest man in the world.
The Guinness Book of Records had planned to recognize Nabi Tajima as the oldest person in the world.