World's oldest person Emma Morano dies aged 117 in Italy

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

The world's oldest person, Emma Morano, has died at her home in northern Italy aged 117, her doctor said.

He said he had last visited Morano on Friday, and she had talked to him and held his hand as she normally did.

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

Emma Morano, who made her home in the northern Italian town of Verbania, was the oldest of eight children and one of the oldest people in recorded history; interviews conducted earlier in her life pinpointed Morano's birthdate as November 29, 1899.

Dr Bava also lives in Verbania and had been her doctor for almost a quarter of a century. While Morano had been increasingly spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said.

He said she had been her usual chatterbox self until a few weeks ago.

'She was slowly fading away, ' he said.

It was a regime she took up as a young woman, after the doctor diagnosed her with anaemia shortly after World War One.

Morano told reporters that she had a fiancé who died during World War I, before she was forced into marrying someone else who threatened to kill her if she refused. I was 26 years old.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), the world's oldest human being is now Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. "Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year". Since then, she supported herself, lived alone, and worked in a jute factory until the age of 65.

  • Jon Douglas