Monday, 29 May, 2017

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, the world's oldest person, dies at 117
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:00

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, Emma Morano sits in her home on the day of her 117th birthday in Verbania, Italy.

Today, the Associated Press reports that Morano-the last living person who was born in the 19th century-has passed away. She began this diet more than 90 years ago and that seems to have also contributed as she not only reached the age of 100 but also lived another 17 years.

She lost a boyfriend in the First World War, and then married a quite abusive man, whom she did not love, according to local media.

While she had been spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said.

Commenting on Emma's passing, a Guinness World Records spokesperson said: "It is with deep regret and great sympathy that Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, has learnt of Emma Morano's passing".

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

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

She is the oldest living person born in America and the second oldest living person in Europe. "She forgets nothing", Yamile Vergara, her nurse for over 40 years, said at the time.

From there, Morano supported herself through various jobs. She decided not to marry ever again after he died in 1978.

Morano was the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived.

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

The Italian Ansa and Agi said the Mourinho family and friends had reported her death.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, a U.S. body that tracks supercentenarians, the oldest person after Morano is Jamaican woman Violet Brown, who turned 117 on March 10.