04 May 2010

RIP: Kama Chinen

Kama Chinen
10 May 1895 - 2 May 2010

The world's oldest person has died, eight days before her 115th birthday. ZUI this article from The Telegraph:
A Japanese woman believed to be the oldest person in the world has died just days before her 115th birthday.

Kama Chinen, from Okinawa in southern Japan passed away at the age of 114 years and 356 days old.


Eugenie Blanchard, a French resident on the Caribbean island St Barthelemy assumed the title of world's oldest person at the age of 114 years and 75 days following the death of Chinen, according to the [Gerontology Research Group].

ZUI also this article from ABC News.

She is the third supercentenarian listed by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) to die since the death of Neva Morris on 6 April; the other two were Bernardina Van Dommelen (15 Mar 1899-16 Apr 2010) and Gabrielle Demets (26 Aug 1899-1 May 2010), both of Belgium.

The GRG's list of validated living supercentenarians (people who have reached their 110th birthday) currently includes 75 people (3 men and 72 women), ranging from Mlle Blanchard (born 16 Feb 1896) to Shike Sato of Japan (born 16 Mar 1900). 21 of them, including one of the men, live in Japan.

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