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Europe's oldest person dies in Italy at 114

ROME (Reuters) - Europe’s oldest citizen died in Verona, Italy Thursday at 114.

Venere Pizzinato was born on November 23, 1896, in Ala, a small town near the northern Italian city of Trento, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Last year, at 114 and five days, Pizzinato, who never had children, became the oldest Italian of all time and at the time of her death she was the third oldest person in the world.

The world’s oldest two living people, Besse Cooper of the United States and Chiyono Hasegawa from Japan, are also 114.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano expressed his condolences.

Editing by Louise Ireland

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