World's oldest person dies at 117

117-year old Misao Okawa died of heart failure in a nursing home in Osaka, which is the city she was born in

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The world's oldest person, a woman, has died at the age of 117 in Japan.

117-year old Misao Okawa died of heart failure in a nursing home in Osaka, which is the city she was born in on the 5th of March 1898.

Okawa who was recognised in 2013 as the world's oldest living person, and the world's oldest living woman, by Guinness World Records is survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Speaking at her birthday earlier in the month, she said the key to a long life was getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night and eating sushi, her favourite food.

Okawa married her husband Yukio in 1919 and they lived in Kobe where he ran a business. However, when he died in 1931 she moved back to Osaka.

She lived across 3 centuries, seeing 4 emperors of Japan, 6 British monarchs, and 20 US presidents.

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