3 Jan 2009

World's oldest person dies aged 115

8:27 am on 3 January 2009

A Portuguese woman who held the title of oldest living person for just five weeks has died at the age of 115.

Born on 10 September 1893, Maria de Jesus became the world's oldest living person after the death of American Edna Parker on 26 November 2008, also aged 115.

Mrs de Jesus died on 2 January. One of her six children told a Portugal news agency that her mother never "fell ill, nor took any medication".

She was born in central Portugal and started working in agriculture at the age of 12 and never went to school. She could not read or write.

American Gertrude Baines, born 6 April, 1894, is now the oldest known living person.