World’s oldest-known person, Jeralean Tallet, dies at 116
The resident of Inkster, Detroit, who was born in 1899, held title for about two months
Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday, a family spokeswoman has said.
Born on May 23rd, 1899, Ms Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world’s longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116 in Arkansas in April.
“She was just a beautiful woman,” Ms Campbell said. “We enjoyed her words of wisdom.”
Robert Young, director of the Gerontology Research Group’s Supercentenarian Research and Database Division, said Ms Talley’s death came as a surprise as she lived an active lifestyle.
“She was walking around as of a few weeks ago,” Robert Young said.
The next person who could possibly claim status as the oldest in the world is Susannah Mushatt Jones, who is 115, Mr Young said.
Ms Talley was an active member in the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster. Services for Ms Talley will be held on June 27th at the church.