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.
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.