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Gertrude Weaver becomes world’s oldest living person at 116

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116-year-old Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, the US, is now the world’s oldest living person, according to Guinness World Records.

Gertrude Weaver was born in 1898 and lives in a nursing home in the city of Camden.

She celebrates her birthday on 4th of July, but it’s unclear whether she was born on this date as there’s no record.

Gertrude Weaver is a fan of President Barack Obama and she’s hoping he will join her to celebrate her 117th birthday.Gertrude Weaver becomes world's oldest living person at 116

In an interview with CBS, Gertrude Weaver said her secrets were trust in the Lord, working hard, and loving everyone you meet.

She has outlived all but one of her four children, Joe, who turns 94 this month. He visits regularly along with other family members and friends.

The announcement comes after the previous record holder, Misao Okawa from Japan, died a few weeks after her 117th birthday.

Gertrude Weaver has a few years to go to beat the oldest person ever to have lived – Jeanne Calment from France lived until she was 122 years and 164 days old.

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