World's Oldest Person Dead at 116

Which means that a Brooklyn woman takes her place
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2015 6:11 PM CDT
World's Oldest Person Dead at 116
This photo taken April 24, 2015, shows Jeralean Talley.   (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)

Jeralean Talley managed to reign as the world's oldest person for a little more than two months. But the 116-year-old Michigan woman died yesterday at home, "just where she wanted to be," her daughter tells AP. Talley's death means that Susannah Jones of Brooklyn now gets the oldest-person honor in the eyes of the Gerontology Research Group. Jones turns 116 next month. She is the fourth different "oldest person" since April, following two other recent deaths. (A 110-year-old man in Nebraska credits his daily can of beer for his longevity.)

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