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World's oldest living cat, Tiffany Two, born in 1988, passed away on 22 May at 27 years 2 months 20 days.Getty Images

The world's oldest cat, Tiffany Two, has died peacefully in her sleep, aged 27.

The black and orange tortoiseshell born on 13 March, 1988 in San Diego, California and passed away on 22 May, according to her owner, Sharron Voorhees.

Speaking of Tiffany's last days, Voorhees told ABC News: "She spent her last days laying either on the deck or down in the yard.

"She used to sleep right next to me every night. But in recent months she slept in the middle of the staircase, or, most recently, she had taken up residence on the dog's huge pillow-bed in the living room. But that night she slept next to me on her heated pad. And that is where she passed.

"I feel okay about everything. I did have a long time with her and I feel the end was as perfect as it can be without morbidity. She just loved me to pieces and was clearly devoted to me."

Tiffany was awarded the oldest living cat title in October 2014 by the Guinness Book of World Records.

"Guinness World Records is saddened to hear that Tiffany Two, the holder of oldest cat living record, has passed away in her sleep at the age of 27 years 2 months 20 days," said a representative from Guinness.

"We are currently investigating and verifying the potential successors for the oldest living cat title and will announce this once we're in a position to do so. We welcome applications for this title on our website, www.guinnessworldrecords.com."

Tiffany was her owner's second cat after Tiffany One who reportedly passed away in the 1970s.

Six-week-old Tiffany was bought for a mere $10 (£6.52) from a pet shop in San Diego, California.