World's oldest person dies in Japan at 114

FUKUOKA, Japan Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:17am EDT

Yone Minagawa blows off some of the candles on her birthday cake with a nursing home official as they celebrate her 114th birthday in southwestern Japan, January 4, 2007. Minagawa, recognized by Britain's Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person at the age of 114, died on Monday evening, Kyodo news agency reported informed sources as saying. REUTERS/Kyodo

Yone Minagawa blows off some of the candles on her birthday cake with a nursing home official as they celebrate her 114th birthday in southwestern Japan, January 4, 2007. Minagawa, recognized by Britain's Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person at the age of 114, died on Monday evening, Kyodo news agency reported informed sources as saying.

Credit: Reuters/Kyodo

FUKUOKA, Japan (Reuters) - Yone Minagawa, recognized by Britain's Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person at the age of 114, died on Monday evening, Kyodo news agency reported informed sources as saying.

She apparently died of old age, Kyodo said.

It said Minagawa, born on January 4, 1893, from Fukuchi town in Fukuoka prefecture, southwestern Japan, became the world's oldest person on January 28 this year after American woman Emma Faust Tillman died that day at the age of 114.

In May, Fukuchi town asked Guinness World Records through the Internet to award Minagawa a certificate, Kyodo said.