01/04/2015 11:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

World's Oldest Person Misao Okawa Dies At 117

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OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05: Misao Okawa, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest woman, reacts during her 115th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Misao Okawa, was born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898. A descendent of Kimono merchants, she married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person, died of natural causes at the age of 117 early morning Wednesday at a nursing home in Osaka, Jiji Press reported.

Born on 5th March 1898 at a kimono shop in Osaka City, she used to say the key to a long life is eating delicious food, getting eight hours sleep every night and "living slowly". Her favorite food was mackerel sushi known in Japan as Saba Sushi.

In her birth year 1989, the Spanish-American War occurred in the Philippines.

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