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

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

Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person who is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, died Saturday at her home in northern Italy, her physician said.

According to the BBC, Morano was born on November 29, 1899 and was believed to be the only person born in the 19th century still alive. Today, the Associated Press reports that Morano-the last living person who was born in the 19th century-has passed away.

Emma Morano blows candles in the day of her birthday in Verbania, .

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. Her mother lived to be 91, and she had several siblings who reportedly lived to be at least 100 years old.

Dr Bava also lives in Verbania and had been her doctor for almost a quarter of a century.

The world's oldest living person is now believed to be Violet Brown, a Jamaican woman born on March 10, 1900. She lost a boyfriend in the First World War, and then married a quite abusive man, whom she did not love, Xinhua news agency cited local media. In later life as her contemporaries died and both her sight and hearing deteriorated her social circle became more restricted.

"For breakfast I eat biscuits with milk or water", she said.

"I separated from him in 1938".

Ms Morano went on to support herself by working in a factory making jute bags, then at a hotel, working far beyond the usual retirement age.

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, Emma Morano sits in her apartment in Verbania, Italy. 'She was always very decisive'. For more than 90 years-after being diagnosed with anemia-Morano had eaten three eggs per day.


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