Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person and the last known person born in the 1800s, has died at age 117, according to her doctor via The Associated Press.
The Italian woman was known for eating three eggs a day, even though her doctors told her not to, and that while she was outgoing even through her 117th birthday on November 29, 2016, her health and taken a turn in the last month.
Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press by phone that Morano’s caretaker had called him to say she had stopped breathing in the afternoon while sitting in an armchair at her home in Verbania, a town on Italy’s Lake Maggiore.
Bava said he had last seen his patient on Friday when “she thanked me and held my hand,” as she did every time he called on her. While Morano had been increasingly spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had still eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said.
“She didn’t suffer. I’m happy she didn’t suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly,” Bava said Saturday.
He said she had been her usual chatterbox self until a few weeks ago. Since then it was clear, “she was slowly fading away,” and spending nearly all day in bed, Bava said.
Morano was born on November 29, 1899. She separated from an abusive husband in 1938 and never married again. She also continued what doctors told her was an unhealthy diet.
It does defy all accepted advice on healthy living, her doctor of 27 years, Carlo Bava, told AFP news agency:
“Emma has always eaten very few vegetables, very little fruit.
“When I met her, she ate three eggs per day, two raw in the morning and then an omelette at noon, and chicken at dinner.”
Despite this, he noted, she seems to be “eternal”.
Morano credited her age and title as the oldest living person to her genes, “and nothing else.”
The new world’s oldest person, Violet Brown, is from Jamaica and was born on March 10, 1900. The president of Jamaica tweeted congratulations to her.
The world's oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet. pic.twitter.com/AnjXdHK1Kz
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) April 15, 2017
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