Dina Manfredini, Oldest Living Person, Dies at 115

Less than two weeks after becoming the world's oldest living person, Dina Manfredini of Iowa, United States, passed away in her sleep at the age of 115 years, 257 days. Born on 4 April 1897, Manfredini succeeded Besse Cooper on 4 December 2012, when the latter died of natural causes aged 116 years, 100 days.
Manfredini was one of the 10 oldest people ever at the time of her death on 17 December 2012, and was the oldest known immigrant ever.
Manfredini's death also gives rise to a rare occurrence, that of a man taking the title of world's oldest person. He is Jiroemon Kimura of Kyoto, Japan, who has also been Japan's oldest person for over a year after the death of Chiyono Hasegawa at age 115 on 2 December 2011. Aged 115 years, 242 days at the time of Manfredini's death, Kimura is also less than two weeks from surpassing the verified record for the longest male lifespan in history, set by Christian Mortensen upon his death at 115 years 252 days. Manfredini's death also passes the title of world's oldest woman to Koto Okubo of Kanagawa, Japan, born 24 December 1897.
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