Gertrude Baines, who lived to be the world’s oldest person died on Friday in a nursing home at 115. The person that lived the longest was Jeanne-Louise Calment of France, who died at 122. Read more on Gertrude Baines below.
Baines lived on a diet of bacon, fried chicken and ice cream. She died on Friday in her sleep at age 115 at a nursing home.
Gertrude Baines said last year that she enjoyed life so much she wouldn’t mind living another 100 years.
Her longtime physician, Dr. Charles Witt said she most likely died of a heart attack, but there will be an autopsy conducted.
“I saw her two days ago, and she was just doing fine,” Witt told The Associated Press. “She was in excellent shape. She was mentally alert. She smiled frequently.”
Gertrude was born in 1894 in Shellman, Georgia. Baines received the title of the oldest person when Portugal’s Maria de Jesus died at 115.
“I’m glad I’m here. I don’t care if I live a hundred more,” Baines said in November after casting her vote for Barack Obama in the presidential election. “I enjoy nothing but eating and sleeping.”
Now the world’s oldest living person is Kama Chinen, 114, who lives in Japan, according to Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks claims of extreme old age.
The oldest person who has ever lived is Jeanne-Louise Calment, according to Coles. She was 122 when she died Aug. 4, 1997, in Arles, France.
Staff at Baines’ nursing home described her as a modest woman who liked to watch the “Jerry Springer Show” and eat fried chicken, bacon and ice cream. She refused to use dentures.
“I don’t know how she does it. She only has her gums, no teeth,” said Susie Exconde, the nursing director who found Baines dead in her bed at about 7:25 a.m.
Baines celebrated her birthday at the nursing home April 6 with music, two cakes and a letter from Obama.
Featured on local television newscasts when she voted last year, Baines, who is black, said she backed Obama “because he’s for the colored.” She said she never thought she would live to see a black man become president.
“We were hoping to have her until the next election,” Exconde said. “We’ll miss her.”
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