Oldest person, 115-year-old Iowa woman, dies

A photo of Dina Manfredini, who at 115 is the oldest person in the world as of Dec. 5, 2012.
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DES MOINES A 115-year-old Iowa woman's granddaughter says the woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person.

Dina Manfredini's granddaughter Lori Logli says Manfredini died Monday morning. Logli wouldn't elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death. CBS affiliate KCCI-TV reports she was living at a care center just north of Des Moines.

Manfredini lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Guinness World Records confirmed she inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago. Bessie Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

The Des Moines Register previously reported that Manfredini was born in Italy in 1897 and immigrated to the United States in 1921. She worked to help her family, including four children, when her husband was injured while working at a coal mine in Des Moines in the '40s. Manfredini continued to work in her 90s.

Guinness spokesman Robert Young says a Japanese man is believed to now hold the title. Jiroemon Kimura was born on April 19, 1897, which makes him just 15 days younger than Manfredini. Young says Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, also is believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.