Kane Tanaka, the world’s oldest person, has died at the age of 119, according to a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Earlier this month, her family stated that she had been frequentlysick recently and “in and out of hospital.” She died on April 19.
Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, became the Guinness World Records holder of the oldest living person. The organization has since expressed their sadness to the news of her passing.
“She is also the second oldest person ever recorded, behind only Jeanne Calment who lived to the age of 122.”
Guinness World Records said “the titles of oldest person living and oldest person living (female) are currently being investigated” and that further details would be announced in due course.