19/06/2015 05:55 BST | Updated 19/06/2015 06:59 BST

World's Oldest Person, Who Said Kindness Was The Secret To Her Longevity, Dies Aged 116

A woman who was credited as the world's oldest person has died at the age of 116.

Jeralean Talley, from Michigan, passed away on 17 June at her home.

Her daughter, Thelma Holloway, said that Talley had been treated in hospital recently for fluid on her lungs, but had returned to her home shortly afterwards.

The 116-year-old, who was born in Montrose, Georgia in 1899, celebrated her 116th birthday last month.

According to Time, she believed being kind to others and having faith in God was the secret to her long life.

She also enjoyed bowling, up until she turned 104, and was also partial to fishing.

Talley became the world's oldest person following the death of Gertrude Weaver, who passed away aged 116 in April after holding the title for just six days. Weaver also believed the secret to her longevity was to be kind to people.

Before her, Misao Okawa held the title of world's oldest person until she passed away aged 117.


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