World’s Oldest Person, Emma Morano Dead At 117

The world’s oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports say.

Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living, according to the BBC

Ms Morano was the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived. She died at her home in the northern city of Verbania.

Her life not only spanned three centuries but also survived an abusive marriage, the loss of her only son, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.

Emma Morano poses next to a picture depicting her when she was young, in Verbania, Italy, Friday, May 13, 2016. (Antonino Di Marco / ANSA via AP)
Emma Morano poses next to a picture depicting her when she was young, in Verbania, Italy, Friday, May 13, 2016. (Antonino Di Marco / ANSA via AP)

Ms Morano had admitted that her longevity was partly down to genetics: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary.

But it was also down to a rather unusual diet of three eggs – two raw – each day for more than 90 years.

It was a regime she took up as a young woman, after the doctor diagnosed her with anaemia shortly after World War One.

She had cut down to just two eggs a day, and a few biscuits recently.

Her doctor of 27 years, Carlo Bava, had told AFP news agency that she rarely ate vegetables or fruit.

When I met her, she ate three eggs per day, two raw in the morning and then an omelette at noon, and chicken at dinner.

Now that Emma has passed, TMZ say the next oldest verified person is a Jamaican woman named Violet Brown, who is also 117.

She was born in the year 1900, though.

Violet Brown. 117 years old
Violet Brown. 117 years old
New World's Oldest person: Violet Brown, with her son, 96 year old Harold (L) may be oldest person with living parent. Photo:  Twitter (@souldancing)
New World’s Oldest person: Violet Brown, with her son, 96 year old Harold (L) may be oldest person with living parent. Photo: Twitter (@souldancing)

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