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

The world's oldest known person, Jeralean Talley, who was born on May 23, 1899 has died less than a month after celebrating her 116th birthday. Video: Reuters


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.

Ms Talley died on Wednesday night in her home in Inkster, a Detroit suburb, which she shared with her daughter, Thelma Holloway (77), said Christonna Campbell, a family spokeswoman.

“She was just a beautiful woman,” Ms Campbell said. “We enjoyed her words of wisdom.”

Ms Talley was born in Georgia and moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. He died in 1988.

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.

Born in Alabama, she is living at the Vandalia Senior Center in Brooklyn, New York, a representative for the center confirmed on Thursday.

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.