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Misao Okawa from Japan, who’s known as the world’s oldest person died on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the age of 117, few weeks after celebrating her birthday.

Misao Okawa

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Tomohiro Okada, an official at Osaka nursing home told the reporters and other members of the press that she passed away due to heart failure which made her stop breathing.

“She went so peacefully, as if she had just fallen asleep,” Okada told the reporters.. “We miss her a lot.” Okada noted that she lost her appetite 10 days ago.

Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Japan on March 5, 1898 and in 2013 she was recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Person.

In 1919, she married her husband Yukio whom she had two daughters and a son passed away in 1931. She was survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Following the report of the death of the oldest woman in the world, many netizens including Japanese nationals took to their respective social networking site to express their grieve upon the death of the the daughter of a kimono maker.

Japan is known for the longevity of its people. It is also the home of oldest man named  Jiroemon KimuraMisao Okawa said in a previous interview that her secret of having a healthy and long life is eating and sleeping at exact time.


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