Besse Cooper, the world's oldest person according to Guinness World Records, has died, CNN reported. She was 116.

Cooper died in Monroe, Georgia, about 45 minutes by road east of Atlanta.

Her son Sidney said that his mother "had a long, good life" and that her best years were in her 80s.

Born Aug. 26, 1896, Besse Cooper received the distinction of becoming the world's oldest known person, as per Guinness World Records, in January 2011.

For a brief period of time Cooper fell to second place when Guinness officials examining population rolls found a woman in Brazil who was 48 days older, but the Brazilian died in June 2011, a few weeks before her 115th birthday.

When asked about the secret of her longevity, Cooper confessed: "I mind my own business and I don't eat junk food."

Cooper was born in Tennessee and moved to Georgia during World War I to work as a teacher. In 1924, she married - her husband Luther died in 1963 - and upon her death she had four children and more than two dozen grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The oldest known person, according to Guinness World Records, was Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in southern France in 1997 at the age of 122. EFE