Oh no! The world's oldest woman has died!
Besse Cooper, the oldest person in the world, has died in her Georgia nursing home.
She was 116!
Yes, that means she was born in the 1800s!! 1896 to be exact.
Besse died peacefully after becoming sick with a stomach virus. She was having trouble breathing, was put on an oxygen tank and then died in her room about 2 p.m. that day.
When Besse turned 116, Guinness World Records interviewed her, asking her what her secret to long life was, and she said:
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Happy Birthday, Besse Cooper!
115 years. That's incredible!
Cooper was born in Tennessee in 1896 and moved to Georgia during World War I to find employment as a teacher. She has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Luther, died in 1963.
She was born in the 1800's. Think about that! Think of the things she's lived through, the things she's seen! Think of the advancements in culture and technology!
It's almost too much to handle thinking about it all.
Happy birthday, let's keep the record going!
[Image via AP Images.]
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