115-year-old Iowa woman dies, was world's oldest person

11:13 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
An April 2010 photo shows Dina Manfredini, front, with her family, from left, Mary Russo, daughter, Bernice Manfredini, daughter-in-law, Dante Manfredini, son, and Enes Logli, daughter, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa. Guinness World Records posted on its website Wednesday Dec. 5, 2010, that Manfredini, 115, is now the oldest person in the world. (The Des Moines Register)
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A 115-year-old Iowa woman's granddaughter says the woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person.

Dina Manfredini's granddaughter Lori Logli says Manfredini died Monday morning. Logli wouldn't elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death.

Manfredini lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Guinness World Records confirmed she inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago. Bessie Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

Guinness spokesman Robert Young says a Japanese man is believed to now hold the title. Jiroemon Kimura was born on April 19, 1897, which makes him just 15 days younger than Manfredini. Young says Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, also is believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.

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