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World's oldest person dies aged 117

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who was credited to be the world's oldest person, has died at the age of 117.

She celebrated her 117th birthday just weeks ago, on 5th March. Japanese media said she died of old age in a nursing home in the western Japanese city of Osaka.

Misao Okawa celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5th. Credit: Reuters

Okawa was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person alive two years ago when Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan, died in June 2013 at age 116 years, 54 days.

The title of the oldest person now goes to Gertrude Weave of the United States who will turn 117 on 4th July this year, Japanese media reported.

Born the daughter of a fabric merchant in Osaka in 1898, on the same day as Chinese revolutionary leader Zhou Enlai, Okawa married in 1919 and had three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Tallest and smallest men meet for Guinness World Records Day

Chandra Dangi, who is 21.5 inches tall, with Sultan Kosen, who is 8 feet 3 inches tall, met today to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day.

Chandra Dangi, who is 21.5 inches tall, with Sultan Kosen, who is 8 feet 3 inches tall, at a photocall to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day in Westminster, London. Credit: Matt Crossick/John Stillwell/PA Wire

The annual event commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world's bestselling copyright book and sees thousands of people all over the world attempt to secure record breaking title during a 24 hour period.

Any records set on Guinness World Records day are short-listed for inclusion in next year's edition of the book