Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

Though Morano was only about three months older than Jamaica-born Violet Brown-who turned 117 last month, and now holds the title of oldest living person-Morano was "the world's last living link to the 19th century".

Bava said he last paid his nearly-daily call on Morano on Friday.

She was believed to be the last-surviving person born in the 1800s after Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, of New York City, died in May 2016.

According to her grandchildren, Morano, who lived through two world wars, knew 11 popes and 12 Italian Presidents, died peacefully in her sleep.

Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her. Then during the day I eat two eggs - one raw and one cooked - just like the doctor recommended when I was 20 years old. She attributed her longevity to eating three raw eggs a day, even against the advice of doctors.

Morano's genetics likely played a big factor in the longevity of her life. Since then, she supported herself, lived alone, and worked in a factory until the age of 65.

He said she had been her usual chatterbox self until a few weeks ago. Dr. Brava was glad that his patient didn't suffer in her death and has passed on "tranquilly".

A relative told The Daily Telegraph that Morano said, "My word, I'm as old as the hills".

According to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), a group of American researchers focus their work in older persons, the oldest woman in the world is now the Jamaican Vaiolet Mpraoun, born on March 10th 1900. The second and third oldest both live in Japan: 116-year-old Nabi Tajima; and Chiyo Miyako, 115.

One of the supercentenarian's caretakers told Jamaica Observer columnist Jean Lowrie Chin past year: "She likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot, but she does not eat pork or chicken".

  • Leroy Wright