World’s oldest person dies weeks after gaining title

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IOWA – It’s a title that’s just bad news. No one seems to last too long once they get it. Yet again, the world’s oldest person has died.

Dina Manfredini passed away at an Iowa retirement center on Monday. She was 115, and had only held the title for a few weeks.

Manfredini was born in 1897. In other words, her parents lived during the civil war, while she saw two world wars, the civil rights movement, women getting the right to vote, a black man winning the presidency and a whole lot of friends come and go. Now that Dina has moved on, a Japanese man (15 days younger), is believed to hold the title.

We’re hoping he can hold it a while, maybe 20 or 30 years more years?