World's Oldest Living Woman Dies at Age 116

The world's oldest person died this week at age 116. Besse Cooper died peacefully in a Georgia nursing home last Tuesday, according to her son. Her son commented that she had just had her hair fixed earlier that morning, and she looked as though she was "ready to go." 

Ms. Cooper was declared the world’s oldest person in January 2011. Guinness World Records later discovered a woman 48 days older, however that woman passed away allowing Cooper to again be the oldest in the world. A record keeper for Guinness recalled meeting Ms. Cooper at age 111 and commented that she appeared to be doing very well and was still able to read books.

After Cooper's passing, the oldest confirmed person in the world is a 115-year-old Iowa Woman, Guinness confirmed. The oldest person in the Guinness Book of World Records was a French woman who lived to be 122 years old. She passed away in 1997. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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