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115-year-old Iowa woman dies, was world's oldest person

This file April 2010 photo shows Dina Manfredini of Johnston, Iowa. Manfredini, who inherited the title of world’s oldest person less than two weeks ago, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at age 115, her granddaughter Lori Logli said. She did not elaborate on the cause of her grandmother's death. Manfredini was born on April 4, 1897, in Italy, according to Guinness officials. She moved to the United States in 1920 and settled in Des Moines with her husband. Associated Press file photo

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A 115-year-old Iowa woman's granddaughter says the woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person.

Dina Manfredini's granddaughter Lori Logli says Manfredini died Monday morning. Logli wouldn't elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death.

Manfredini lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Guinness World Records confirmed she inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago. Bessie Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

Guinness spokesman Robert Young says a Japanese man is believed to now hold the title. Jiroemon Kimura was born on April 19, 1897, which makes him just 15 days younger than Manfredini. Young says Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, also is believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.

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