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

Morano, born on November 29, 1899, was also believed to have been the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s. That husband reportedly beat her, but she was able to escape the relationship 12 years later.

Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died on Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported.

Dr Bava said he had last paid his near-daily call on her on Friday.

Her doctor, Carlo Bava, has described her as a calm, strong woman.

While other centenarians have attributed their longevity to everything from exercise to lack of exercise, Morano claimed her secret to a long life was two raw eggs a day. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his congratulations to her.

"What impresses me most is her memory".

The last person known to have been born during the 1800s has died.


Emma Morano, 116, holds a pillow reading "116 years old, Happy Birthday Emma" as she poses for AFP photographer in Verbania, North Italy, on May 14, 2016.

Over the years she also worked as a cook in a boarding school until she retired at the age of 75, and remained single, although she never divorced her husband.

As a single woman, she made a living making jute bags and working in a hotel, the AP reported past year.

But, she told La Stampa newspaper when she was a spritely 112 that she was left with little choice.

She had cut down to just two eggs a day, and a few biscuits recently. She was considered a good dancer with a lovely singing voice in her youth.

She also defied health advice, Dr Bava said on Saturday.

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

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