World’s oldest person dies at 117

Emma Morano, 117 years old, blows candles on the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, on November 29 last year. Picture: AP

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THE world’s oldest person has died today at the age of 117.

The Sun reports that Emma Morano was the last known survivor to have been born in the 19th Century.

Morano’s personal doctor today revealed today she had passed away at her home in Italy.

Dr Carlo Bava told reporters her caretaker had called him to say the retired factory worker died this afternoon while sitting in her armchair.

Dr Carlo Bava cared for Emma Morano, who died as the world's oldest woman at 117. Picture: YouTube

Dr Carlo Bava cared for Emma Morano, who died as the world’s oldest woman at 117. Picture: YouTubeSource:Supplied

Dr Bava said he had last paid his nearly-daily call on Morano on Friday, when he said “she thanked me and held my hand” as usual.

The mayor of her home town of Verbania in northern Italy told local media: “She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to help us move forward in life.”

Last year she celebrated her 117th birthday with friends, neighbours and her doctor.

Emma Morano sits in her home in Verbania, Italy. Picture: AP

Emma Morano sits in her home in Verbania, Italy. Picture: APSource:AP

Morano was born in November 1899 — and her life has spanned three centuries, two World Wars and over 90 Italian governments.

She claims the secret to her longevity might be down to eating the same things day in, day out.

Morano lived alone and thrived despite an unorthodox diet which included raw eggs and little fruit or vegetables.

Emma Morano sits in her apartment in Verbania, Italy. Picture: AP

Emma Morano sits in her apartment in Verbania, Italy. Picture: APSource:AP

Dr Bava said last year: “When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day — two raw and one fried.

“Today she has slowed down a bit, she only eats two a day, three may be a bit too heavy.

“Ever since I have known her she ate very few vegetables, very little fruit.

“The main feature (of her diet) is that she always eats the same things, every day, every week, every month, of every year.”

Emma Morano was the oldest person in the world, and the only one who has touched three centuries. Picture: AFP

Emma Morano was the oldest person in the world, and the only one who has touched three centuries. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Despite her longevity, life hasn’t been easy for the record breaker.

Her fiance died in World War One and she was forced to marry a man she did not love.

She had a child in 1937 but he died shortly after she kicked out her abusive husband.

Morano said: “My life wasn’t so nice. I worked in a factory until I was 65, then that was that.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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