‘Oldest person ever recorded’ dies surrounded by family, aged 135

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A woman who was said to be the oldest person in the world has died aged 135, Chinese officials have said.

Almihan Seyiti, who claimed to have been born during the Qing dynasty, passed away surrounded by her family on December 16.

The elderly woman was born on June 25, 1886, and managed to survive two battles with cancer before she died at home last week.

Ms Seyiti married when she was 17 with her husband passing away in 1976, according to the Communist state's media.

Her hobbies included singing and playing musical instruments.

Until her death, she was still able to hear and see but was unable to walk.

According to The Sun, her age would make her 17 years older than the Guinness World Records' oldest living person, Japan's Kane Tanaka.

However, her records were unverifiable despite officials giving her an ID card bearing her supposed birthday.

Guinness World Records were not invited to independently verify her age which has resulted in doubts swirling in the West as to her actual date of birth.

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The oldest person to have ever lived and be verified by the Guinness World Records is Jeanne Louise Calment who died in 1997, aged 122.

Jeanne Calment lived her entire life in France, and claims to have met Vincent Van Gogh when she was 13.

She lived most of her life in obscurity in Arles, but in her later years became an international celebrity. The year before her death she recorded a rap CD, 'Mistress of Time'.

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Calment was remarkably healthy throughout her life, once claiming to have "never been sick". She reportedly ate dessert with every meal and smoked and drank wine well into her old age.

Reports also say she was eating two pounds of chocolate a week and smoked until she was 117.

She reportedly ascribed her long life and youthful appearance to eating a lot of olive oil, as well as her calm temperament, once joking: "That's why they call me Calment."

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