World's oldest person who loved chocolate and fizzy drinks passes away at the age of 119

Kane Tanaka was confirmed as the world's oldest person by the Guinness World Records

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A Japanese woman believed to have been the world's oldest person has died aged 119, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday, reporting the death of Kane Tanaka.

Born on Jan. 2, 1903 - the year of the Wright Brothers' first controlled flight of their motor-driven airplane - Tanaka was confirmed by Guinness World Records in 2019 as the oldest living person.

Kane Tanaka
Kane Tanaka

She died of old age at a hospital in Fukuoka city, western Japan, on April 19, NHK said.

During her life, she had been partial to chocolate and fizzy drinks, NHK said.

Japan has a dwindling and rapidly ageing population.

As of last September, the country had 86,510 centenarians, and nine out of every 10 were women.

Ms Tanaka was said to get up at 6am every morning and was partial to chocolate and fizzy drinks.

When confirmed as the oldest person in the world, Guinness asked her what the happiest moment of her life was.

She replied: "Now."