Brazil's Maria Gomes Valentim, acknowledged a month ago to be the oldest person in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, died before dawn Tuesday at a hospital in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, her family said. She was 114.

Valentim was hospitalized Sunday with pneumonia.

The elderly woman, known as "Vo Quita" (Grandma Quita) and who on July 9 would have been 115 years old, died from a generalized infection, family members said.

Valentim, whose burial will take place Tuesday in her native Carangola, some 360 kilometers (225 miles) from Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, was born July 9, 1896, according to the documents with which Guinness verified last month that she was the oldest person in the world.

The woman had one son with husband Joao Valentim, who died in 1946, and leaves four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

In authenticating her on May 18 as the oldest person in the world, Guinness officials said that the Brazilian was born 48 days before U.S. resident Besse Cooper, until then considered the oldest and who once again holds the world record.

In her interview with Guinness, Valentim attributed her longevity to a healthy diet, an occasional glass of milk with linseed oil, and heredity, since, she said, her father lived to be 100.

The old lady, who got around in a wheelchair, lived on a small widow's pension and depended on public healthcare for medical treatment.

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