Arkansas woman,116, dies just six days after becoming world's oldest person

Baku, April 7, AZERTAC

A 116-year-old Arkansas woman passed away on Monday just six days after she was announced as the oldest living person in the world.

Last week Gertrude Weaver, who was already the oldest person in America, asked President Barack Obama to attend her birthday party on the Fourth of July.

Weaver passed away from complications due to pneumonia, according to KATV.

Kathy Langley, the center's administrator, said Weaver was enjoying the spotlight she received in the last week of her life, she told Reuters.

The staff read Weaver the many news articles written about her after she became the oldest person in the world.

Weaver inherited the title last Wednesday, after the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.

She attributed her long life to treating others well and eating her own cooking.

'I treat everyone the way I want to be treated,' she told reporters.

Weaver, who received a letter from Obama on her 116th birthday, said she wanted to meet the president at her birthday party because she voted for him twice.

While living at Silver Oaks, Weaver exercised in her wheelchair three times a week and ate three meals a day at the facility's dining room.

Weaver was born on July 4, 1898 in Arkansas.

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