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World's oldest person, ETSU alumna Besse Cooper dies at age 116

From staff and wire reports • Dec 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

MONROE, Ga. — The East Tennessee State University graduate who was listed as the world’s oldest person has died in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.

Besse Cooper died peacefully Tuesday afternoon in Monroe, according to her son Sidney Cooper.

Cooper says his mother had been ill recently with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday. On Tuesday he said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing. He said she was put on oxygen in her room and died there about 2 p.m.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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