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World’s oldest person, Yone Minagawa, dies at 114

Japanese national Yone Minagawa, recognized worldwide as the oldest living person, died of old age at nursing home in Fukuchi, Fukuoka Prefecture Monday afternoon, Japanese media reports.

Born on January 4, 1893, Minagawa was certified the world’s oldest person by the Guinness Book of World records following the death of the previous record-holder Emma Faust Tillman in January, but had held the title of Japan’s oldest person since 2005. Following her death, U.S. national Edna Parker, also 114, takes over the title of world’s oldest person.

Although Minagawa’s last years were spent in a wheelchair, she was in a healthy state and enjoyed playing musical instruments for recreation.

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