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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oldest Living American Dies

115-year old Gertrude Baines of Los Angeles died yesterday of what is thought to be heart failure. Baines was the officially-recognized oldest human being alive. She inherited the title in either January or May of this year, depending on whether or not you believe the story of Sohan Dosova. Dosova, thought by many to have been 130 years old, died in May; Maria de Jesus, also 115, died in January.

The oldest verifiable living person today is thought to be 114-year old Kama Chinen of Japan.

Ms. Baines is thought to have been the oldest voter ever in 2008; she voted for Barack Obama. President Obama sent her a congratulatory letter on her birthday this past April.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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