World’s oldest person dies at age 117 in Osaka, Japan

Misao Okawa, world's oldest person dies at age 117. Photo from Dailymail

Misao Okawa, a Japanese who was recognized by the Guinness World Records in 2013 as the world’s oldest person, has died at the age of 117.

Okawa passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Osaka, Japan.

Born on March 5, 1898, Okawa left behind her three children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, according to a CNN report.

Okawa’s family ran a Kimono shop in Osaka, says Satoshi Yoshioka who is a nursing home employee where Okawa has lived since 1997.

Yoshioka told CNN, “She was a person with mild character, and loved to eat so much. Her favorite food was sushi and udon noodles. She had eaten a lot of cake for her birthday last March 5. However, in the last 10 days she stopped eating. I think eating was her motivation to live, and when she lost it, she passed away.”

Misao Okawa is the world’s oldest person according to the Guinness World Records in 2013. Photo from Dailymail.

The Dailymail also reported that the ‘super-centenarian’ was only the fifth person on record to have reached the age of 117, who still walked until she was 110. It added that when asked about her secret of having a long life, she said: “I wonder about that, too.”

Tomohiro Okada, who is an official at the nursing home, praised Okawa for achieving a long and healthy life.

Okada added, “She went so peacefully, as if she had just fallen asleep. We will miss her a lot.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail also reported that Gertrude Weaver, aged 116, an American living in Arkansas is now the world’s oldest person, according to Los Angeles-based Geronotology Research Group.

Weaver  was born on July 4, 1898.

Weaver said, “The secret to long life is kindness”, when Time Magazine interviewed her in 2014 when she was named America’s oldest woman.

‘Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you”, she said.