Friday, 23 April 2021

World’s oldest person, Susannah Jones, dies at 116

Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person, has died at age 116.

Robert Young, a senior consultant for the Gerontology Research Group, says Jones died at a senior home in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night.

He said she had been ill for the past 10 days.

Ms Jones was born in a small farm town near Montgomery, Alabama, in 1899. She was one of 11 siblings and attended a special school for young black girls.
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Family members have credited her long life to love of family and generosity to others.

Ms Jones became Guinness World Records’ official oldest person when 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Tokyo last year.

Young says 116-year-old Emma Morano, of Italy, just a few months younger than Jones, is now the unofficial world’s oldest person.

The world’s oldest man is Polish-born Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Israel Kristal, 112.

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