World's Oldest Person Dies at Age 117

Misao Okawa of Japan, born in 1898, passes away of natural causes at a nursing home in Osaka.

Ari Yashar,

Misao Okawa turning 117
Misao Okawa turning 117

Misao Okawa, the oldest recognized person in the world, passed away at the ripe old age of 117 on Wednesday morning at the nursing home in Osaka, Japan, where she lived.

Okawa died of natural causes, reports The Japan Times, noting that she was recognized as the oldest living woman on the planet by Guinness World Records back in February 2013 when she turned 114.

She was given the additional title of the oldest living person in August of that year when she had her 115th birthday.

The nursing home in Osaka where Okawa passed away told NBC News that recently her eating had grown sparse as she worried about her physical condition.

Just under a month ago Okawa held her 117th birthday, accompanied by her 92-year-old oldest son and his family.

When asked whether 117 years was a long time or a short time for her, she replied "it's short."

Okawa was born on March 5, 1898.

She worked in her family's clothing business until getting married at the age of 21, and leaves behind three children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.