World's oldest woman now likely a Memphis woman

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Maria Esther de Capovilla, the woman Guinness World Records considered the oldest person on Earth, has died in her native Ecuador, her granddaughter said today. She was 116.

Her likely successor is a woman from Memphis. Capovilla died early yesterday in a hospital in the coastal city of Guayaquil, said Catherine Capovilla, a property manager and real estate agent in Miami. A funeral was planned for today.

Capovilla died two days after coming down with pneumonia.

Robert Young, a senior consultant on gerontology for Guinness World Records, said Elizabeth Bolden of Memphis is now the oldest known person alive.

She is also 116, but was born eleven months after Capovilla. The designation will come in an expected announcement from London.

The oldest person authenticated by Guiness was a French woman names Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to 122 years and 164 days.

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