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World's oldest person dies in Portugal at 115
January 2, 2009 / 3:18 PM / 9 years ago

World's oldest person dies in Portugal at 115

LISBON (Reuters) - A Portuguese woman who was the world’s oldest person died on Friday at the age of 115, a family member said.

<p>File photo of Maria de Jesus smiling outside her house in Tomar, central Portugal in this September 9, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/Files</p>

Maria de Jesus was the world's oldest person since an American woman, Edna Parker, died in November at the age of 115 years and 220 days, according to the website ( of the Gerontology Research Group.

A family member said Maria de Jesus died in an ambulance on her way to hospital. She was being taken to hospital due to a swelling.

Maria de Jesus was born on September 10, 1893. She reached 115 years and 114 days.

Reporting by Carlos Alberto Pontes

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