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Gertrude Baines

oldest person in the world
Born: April 6, 1894
Died: September 11, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA)
Best Known as: oldest person in the world

Gertrude Baines became the oldest person in the world in January 2009, following the death of Portugal’s Maria de Jesus, who was 115. Baines credited her longevity to a temperate lifestyle. She also boasted that her diet consisted of fried chicken, bacon, and ice cream. Upon her death, Kama Chinen, 114, of Japan, became the world's oldest person.

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