By Steven G. MehtaSteve Mehta

Gertrude Baines, the oldest person in the world, died at her California nursing home on Friday. She was 115 years old.  She died of natural causes.

Baines was born April 6, 1894, in Shellman, GA. A black woman, Baines was the subject of much media fanfare when she cast her vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, according to her obituary in the LA Times. After suffering a hip fracture eight years ago, Baines moved to Western Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles, where she spent the remainder of her life.

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