The oldest living American, Alelia Murphy of New York, has died at 114

(CNN)Alelia Murphy, a 114-year-old former seamstress who’d been recognized as the oldest living American, has died. The cause of Murphy’s death was not immediately available. Murphy was 114 years, 140 days when she died, the Gerontology Research Group verified. With her passing, the group lists Hester Ford of North Carolina, who also was born in 1905, as the oldest living American. The world’s oldest person is Kane Tanaka of Japan at 116 years old, it says. What she credited for her longevity Murphy’s 114th birthday on July 6 was cause for community celebration. Officials in the Harlem section of New York City, where Murphy had lived since 1926, declared it “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.” New York state Sen. Brian Benjamin …