After the death of Misao Okawa, African American supercentenarian woman Gertrude Weaver has become the oldest living person in the world. Gertrude Weaver was born on July 4, 1898 and is currently 116 years and 271 days old.
Gertrude Weaver is also recognized as the 7th verified oldest person ever and 3rd oldest person ever from the United States.
In an interview with Associate Press, Gertrude Weaver said “Trusting in the Lord, hard work and loving everybody” were the three things that kept her alive so long.
In the United States, “Gertrude Day” is recognized as the birth day of Gertrude Weaver which was declared by US President Barack Obama.
Earlier on April 1, 2015, Japanese supercentenarian woman Misao Okawa died at the age of 117.
The oldest person ever recorded was Jeanne Calment from France who lived 122 years and 164 days. He died on 4th August, 1997.