World's oldest person dies at 116
A 116-year-old woman, who was listed as the world's oldest person, died in a Georgia nursing home on Tuesday.
Besse Cooper died peacefully Tuesday afternoon in Monroe, according to her son Sidney. Monroe is about 45 miles east of Atlanta.
Cooper said his mother had been ill recently with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday.
On Tuesday, he said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing.
She was put on oxygen in her room and died there about 2 pm, he said.
"With her hair fixed it looked like she was ready to go," he said.
Besse Cooper was declared the world's oldest person in January 2011.
In May 2011, Guinness World Records learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentin died the next month.