World's oldest person dies at 116

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Besse Cooper, the world's oldest person, died Tuesday in Monroe, Ga. She was 116.

Her son, Sidney Cooper, said his mother "had a long, good life," reported CNN News. "She went very easy." Cooper had recently had a stomach virus, but felt better on Monday. On Tuesday her son said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, reported New York Daily News. She died at 2 p.m.

Cooper was born on August 26, 1896 in Tennessee, reported New York Daily News. She moved to Georgia during World War I.

Cooper gained the title of oldest living person in January, 2011, reported CNN News.

The oldest person to have ever lived a french woman, Jeanne Louise Calment, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She died in southern France in 1997 at the age of 122.

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