Emma Morano, World's Oldest Person, Dies at 117

Though Morano was only about three months older than Jamaica-born Violet Brown-who turned 117 last month, and now holds the title of oldest living person-Morano was "the world's last living link to the 19th century".

Morano - who received Dr. Brava's nearly-daily call on Friday - was born in 1899, and she was also believed to have been the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s.

But she had to cut this down to two a day as she no longer had any teeth. She retired at 75, more than 40 years ago.

She was the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived.

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. She lost a boyfriend in the First World War, and then married a quite abusive man, whom she did not love, Xinhua news agency cited local media.

Morano's death, at the age of 117 years and 137 days, means there is no one living known to have been born before 1900.

Emma Morano blows candles in the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her. She died at her home in the northern city of Verbania.

'She was slowly fading away, ' he said.

She "abandoned the husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be very submissive", Bava said in a 2015 interview.

Always a biscuits-lover, she has been used to eating very little vegetables, according to her personal doctor. "I think I was one of the first in Italy to do that". "Then during the day I eat two eggs - one raw and one cooked - just like the doctor recommended when I was 20 years old".



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