Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

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


The world's oldest person, Emma Morano, has died at her home in northern Italy.

"My life wasn't so nice", Ms Morano said last November on her 117th birthday.

However, the most surprising note in her life is perhaps her diet: three raw eggs a day up to some 10 years ago.

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

Violet Brown, 117, of Jamaica, is now the oldest living person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Ms Morano is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s.

'She didn't suffer. I'm happy she didn't suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly, ' Bava said.

"Emma has always eaten very few vegetables, very little fruit", her doctor, Carlo Bava, said in an interview a year ago.

Emma later moved to Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy where she spent the majority of her life. "For years, she has eaten the same thing every day, not much vegetables or fruit".

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She worked in a jute factory and at a boarding school kitchen.

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

Italian news agencies ANSA and Agi said the death was reported by her friends and family.

"He told me, "Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you, '" Morano said".

"My word, I'm as old as the hills". Since then it was clear, "she was slowly fading away", and spending almost all day in bed, Bava said.

Morano, born on November 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.

Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her.

"I didn't want to be dominated by anyone", Morano told the New York Times when she was 115.

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