Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, has died aged 117


She survived an abusive marriage, the loss of her only son, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments. Morano worked at Maioni Industry, a jute factory in her town, until 1954, and in the kitchen of Collegio Santa Maria in Pallanza, until her retirement at the age of 75. About her longevity, it’s believed a genetic determination: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary. She had a three eggs a day diet for more than 90 years after a doctor diagnosed her with anaemia shortly after World War One. She also believes the marriage had never been healthy, so in 1938 she stopped it. “He told me: ‘If you’re lucky you marry me, or I’ll kill you’. I was 26 years old. I got married,” she remembered.

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.


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