World's oldest person passes away in Georgia

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A 116-year-old Georgia woman recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive died Tuesday in a nursing home.

Besse Cooper died at Park Place Nursing Home in Monroe, Georgia, her son Sidney Cooper told MSNBC.

"She looked really good when she passed away," he said. He said she died peacefully and without suffering.

Besse Cooper had told the Guinness Book of World Records her secret to a long life was "minding her own business and not eating junk food," according to CNN.

Cooper was one of the first women to vote in an election in Georgia, according to MSNBC.

Cooper had joined the women's suffrage movement in 1920, reports CNN. She was a 24-year-old school teacher at the time and said she voted in nearly every election since the 19th amendment was passed.

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