The world's oldest person dies at 117

16 April, 2017, 02:45 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

Morano, who lived 117 years and 137 days, was born on November 29, 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. They had a son in 1937, but the baby died after just six months and the following year Morano kicked out her abusive husband.

Always a biscuits-lover, she has been used to eating very little vegetables, according to her personal doctor.

Carlo Bava, Morano's doctor for decades, told the AP he last visited with the 117-year-old on Friday and "she thanked me and held my hand" as she usually did.

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

Morano poses for a photo after receiving the distinction of being the world's oldest known living person. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his congratulations to her.

In 2016, Guinness World Records gave her a certificate to confirm her as the oldest person alive, and one of the five verified oldest people ever.

Today, the Associated Press reports that Morano-the last living person who was born in the 19th century-has passed away.

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.

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Italian media reported Emma Morano's death on Saturday, citing her family.

For more than 90 years of her life, following a diagnosis of anemia shortly after World War I, Morano ate multiple raw eggs per day.

Ms Morano ferociously clung to her independence and only took on a full-time caregiver in 2015.

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

Morano began working in a factory making jute bags when she was 16.

"When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day".

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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