World's oldest person dies aged 117

Nabi Tajima, who was born on August 4th 1900, has passed away of old age in a hospital in southern Japan.
Nabi Tajima, who was born on August 4th 1900, has passed away of old age in a hospital in southern Japan. Photo credit: YouTube

The world's oldest person has died, aged 117.

Nabi Tajima, who was born on August 4th 1900, has passed away of old age in a hospital in southern Japan.

She had been hospitalised in the town of Kikai since January.

Ms Tajima reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great-grandchildren.

She became the world's oldest person in September after the death of Jamaican woman Violet Brown, also aged 117.

Video footage aired on Japanese television showed Ms Tajima moving her hands to the rhythm of music played on traditional Japanese instruments at a ceremony celebrating the achievement.

While Ms Tajima never spoke out about what enabled her long life, Ms Brown said it was eating cows' feet, reading the Bible, and staying away from rum that kept her going.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group, another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the world's oldest living person. She is 116 years old.

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