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World’s Oldest Living Person, Emma Morano, Dies At 117

Emma Morano, who was the verified oldest person in the world, has passed away at 117. She is believed to have been the last person alive born in the 1800s.

More via the Associated Press:

Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press by telephone that Morano’s caretaker called him to say the woman had passed away Saturday afternoon while sitting in an armchair in her home in Verbania, a town on Lake Maggiore.

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

She married her husband in 1927 but drove him out of the house in 1938. She worked at a textile factory and then in the kitchen of a school until her retirement in 1974.

Her secret to a long life was eating raw eggs every day, having a little bit of brandy, thinking positively, and being single.

Think of all the history she witnessed. When she was born when Italy was still a monarchy and Queen Victoria was still alive. The Model-T wouldn’t be manufactured for another 9 years. William McKinley was President. Russia was still under the rule of czars. Marconi had just transmitted the first radio signal over the Atlantic. She went from all that to airplanes, space exploration, iPhones, and Donald Trump being President of the United States.

The oldest verified human earth now is Violet Brown of Jamaica, also 117 but born in March of 1900. The oldest man on Earth is holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal of Israel.

The confirmed longest person to ever live was Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

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