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The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, dies aged 117

The oldest person in the world, Misao Okawa, has died this morning, aged 117.

By Mahalia Chang
The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, has died aged 117.
Ms Okawa, who died a month after celebrating her 117th birthday, was one of the last people that were born in the 19th century. Her birthdate, March 5, 1898, predates human flight, the radio, and penicillin.
When asked the secret to long life, she replied, “eat and sleep and you will live a long life”.
Misao Okawa with her family
Misao apparently ate three large meals a day and slept eight hours a night. She has three children (two of which are still living), four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She died around 7:00 this morning.
She hands the title of oldest living person to American Gertrude Weaver, who is 116.

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