7 Months After Becoming World's Oldest Living Person, Nabi Tajima Dies At Age 117

| April 22 , 2018 , 11:02 IST

The world's oldest living person, Nabi Tajima died in a hospital in the southern Japanese town of Kikai on Saturday at the age of 117 years. She had been in the hospital since January and died due to 'old age' town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed.

Tajima had become the world's oldest living person only 7 months ago after the death of 117-year-old Violet Brown in Jamaica during treatment for her heart arrhythmia and dehydration. The elderly Tajima was born on August 4, 1990 and reportedly had 9 children with a total of more than 160 descendants including great-great-great-grandchildren.

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The town where Tajima resided is a small island with around 7,000 residents located halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group, after the death of Tajima, another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida is now the world's oldest person in its records. Yoshida will be turning 117 years-old in 10 days.

While Tajima was the oldest living person, Guinness World Records certified Japan's Masazo Nonaka as the world's oldest man earlier this month, who is aged 112 years.

The death of Tajima comes 3 days after the death of Celino Villanueva Jaramillo from Chile who claimed that he was 121 years old. Jaramillo's claims could not be confirmed due to lack of documentation since he reportedly lost his birth certificate in a fire that burned down his house 20 years ago.