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

Kristopher Drake
April 16, 2017

Bava said he had last seen his patient on Friday when "she thanked me and held my hand", as she did every time he called on her. Today, the Associated Press reports that Morano-the last living person who was born in the 19th century-has passed away. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his congratulations to her.

She had been bed-bound during her latter years.

A parchment with the papal blessing hangs on a wall in Emma Morano's home in Verbania, Italy. Morano, who was born in the village of Civiasco in northern Italy, made a practice of eating raw eggs for almost a century, ever since she was diagnosed with anemia at the age of 20.

In an interview with La Stampa newspaper five years ago she said her fiance had died in World War One and that she had then been forced to marry a man she did not love.

Dr Bava has previously said that Ms Morano lost a son to crib death when he was six months old and left her husband in the first half of the last century after he beat her.

"How does my hair look", she asked before blowing out the candles on her 117th birthday cake a year ago.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, Emma Morano, 117 years old, blows candles on the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy.

Morano - born November 21, 1899 in Italy's Piedmont region - died Saturday at her home in Verbania, according to the AP.

In 1938, Morano separated from her husband and remained single the rest of her life - something she believed added to her longevity.

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

She worked in a jute factory and at a boarding school kitchen. She was considered a good dancer with a lovely singing voice in her youth.

Emma Morano goes into the record books as the fifth longest life ever verified.

She also defied health advice, Bava said Saturday. "Then during the day I eat two eggs - one raw and one cooked - just like the doctor recommended when I was 20 years old".

Italian news agencies ANSA and Agi have reported Ms Morano's death, citing her her friends and family.

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