August 28, 2006

World oldest person dies at 116 in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - The world's oldest person, a
116-year-old Ecuadorean woman, died on Sunday less than a month
before her birthday, her relatives told local newspapers on

Maria Esther de Capovilla was declared the world's oldest
person in December by Guinness World Records, lifting the title
from a U.S. woman.

Elizabeth Bolden, from Memphis, Tennessee, born August 15,
1890, had previously been regarded as the oldest living person.

Capovilla was born in Guayaquil in western Ecuador on
September 14, 1889, and lived with her daughter-in-law and son.
She had five children, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren
and five great-great-grandchildren, local media said.

Her husband died in 1949.

She died of complications from pneumonia at a local
hospital, her relatives said.