November 1, 2003 by

Kamato Hongo

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Kamato Hongo, the oldest person in the world, died on Oct. 31 from pneumonia. She was 116.
Born in 1887, Kamato Hongo was raised on a small rural island in southern Japan. She married and tended a farm for most of her life.
In 2002, the Guinness Book of World Records named her the oldest person in the world. The distinction earned her fame that was only compounded by her odd habit of sleeping for two days and then remaining awake for two days.
During her lifetime, Kamato Hongo bore seven children, and had 27 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. She attributed her longevity to viewing life with an optimistic attitude.

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