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

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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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