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World's oldest person who was dubbed a 'chatty goddess' by her family has died aged 117 - just days after her application for the Guinness World Record was approved

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 26/07/2018 Lara Keay

World's oldest person Chiyo Miyako © Daily Mail World's oldest person Chiyo Miyako

The oldest person in the world has died aged 117. 

Chiyo Miyako, from Japan, died on Sunday - just days after she submitted evidence to become the world's oldest living woman according to the Guinness World Records.

She was born in Wakayama in the Kansai region of Japan on May 2 1901.

The late record breaker has been described by her family as a 'chatty goddess' who was kind and patient, and loved calligraphy, eating sushi and eels. 

a group of people posing for a photo: Chiyo Miyako is pictured far right with her family in the Kansai region of Japan © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chiyo Miyako is pictured far right with her family in the Kansai region of Japan Chiyo's husband, Shoji, worked for Japanese National Railways, which gave her a passion for travelling. 

Guinness World Records has three longevity categories: the oldest person living (male), oldest person living (female), and oldest person living.

The oldest male title is held by fellow Masazo Nonaka, from Japan, who turned 113 on Wednesday, while the oldest person and oldest female titles are yet to be confirmed in the wake of Chiyo's passing.

Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who lived to the age of 122 from 1875-1997, has the record for the oldest person ever.

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