Death of Maria Gomes Valentim

July 9, 1896 - June 21, 2011
Carangola, Brazil | Age 114

World's oldest woman dies in Brazil at age 114
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SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person died Tuesday, just weeks shy of her 115th birthday. The title now reverts to a woman in the United States.

Maria Gomes Valentim died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived. Valentim would have turned 115 on July 9.

Guinness said Tuesday on its website that Valentim, "the first Brazilian super...

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