Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Maria Esther de Capovilla, who according to the Guinness World Records was the oldest living person, died on Sunday.
Capovilla died in a hospital from pneumonia at the age of 116 in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Born on September 14, 1889, she lived 116 years and 347 days.
De Capovilla never smoked or drank hard liquors.
When she became bedridden at 100, relatives began to prepare for her funeral, but she later recovered from her illness.
Capovilla, who left behind three children and 33 grandchildren, will be buried Tuesday.
Now Elizabeth Bolden from the U.S. city of Memphis has become the oldest known person following Capovilla’s death.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, 114-year-old Emiliano Mercado Del Toro from Puerto Rico retains the title as the world’s oldest man.