World’s oldest person dies – level 3
The oldest living person in the world has passed away. Early on Wednesday morning, 117-year-old Misao Okawa died of natural causes, according to the nursing home in Japan where she’d been living.
Okawa’s passing comes a little less than a month after she celebrated her birthday on the 5th of March. She was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person alive two years ago, when Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan, died in June, 2013. He was 116 years old.
Born in 1898, Misao helped with her family’s clothing business until she married when she was 21. She then had three children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Japanese media has reported that she never had any major illnesses throughout her life. The title of the oldest person alive now goes to Gertrude Weaver of the United States, who will turn 117 on July 4th this year.
Difficult words: pass away (to die), nursing home (where very old people live to get care), recognise (to publicly credit you for something).
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