Oldest Person in the World Emma Morano Dies at 117

Ms Morano, born on November 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.

The eldest of 8 siblings, Morano was raised in Vercelli but later moved to Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where she remained for the majority of her life.

Following the bad loss of her son in 1938 she took the courageous decision to leave her husband and never remarried.

For most of her life, she worked in a jute bag factory until 1954 and then worked in the kitchen of Collegio Santa Maria well past her retirement age.

"She was slowly fading away", Dr Bava said.

Ms. Morano lived a lot longer than most humans and admitted in the past that her longevity was probably because some of her family members had also lived long.

Emma Morano, 117, of Italy died Saturday afternoon, AFP and the Associated Press reported. Her doctor says she rarely ate vegetables or fruit and instead subsisted primarily on chicken, omelettes, and biscuits.

Jamaican centenarian Violet Brown is now the oldest living person in the world. Last year, Morano told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that she enjoyed a glass of homemade brandy each day. She remarked that the marriage had always been unhealthy, and that after the man she loved died in World War I, she was not interested in marrying anyone else.

The Guinness Book of World Records also recognizes Brown as the first-ever verified supercentenarian from Jamaica as well as the oldest verified person from the English-speaking Caribbean island.

Emma Morano, who was named the oldest person in the world, has died at the age of 117.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School visited her in 2014 as part of a study into immunity to diseases, the Italian news agency ANSA said.

  • Carolyn Briggs