World's Oldest Person Dead at 115

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2009 11:53 AM CDT
Gertrude Baines, right, poses with her pastor Warren Smith, as she celebrates her 115th birthday in April.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – The world's oldest known person has died in Los Angeles at age 115. Gertrude Baines died today at a hospital, probably of a heart attack; an autopsy will determine the exact cause. Baines was born in 1894 in Shellman, Ga., and she got a letter from President Obama on her last birthday, in April. The oldest person in the world is now 114-year-old Kama Chinen, who lives in Japan.