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World's oldest person Emma Morano dies in Italy

20 April 2017

During her life, which began on November 29, 1899, she experienced an abusive marriage, two world wars, more than 90 Italian governments, and the loss of her only son when he was just 6-months-old.

One of the supercentenarian's caretakers told Jamaica Observer columnist Jean Lowrie-Chin past year: "She likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot, but she does not eat pork or chicken".

The world's oldest person, Emma Morano, has died at the age of 117.

While she had been 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. Having lived through two world wars and the resulting depressions, Emma was able to witness Neil Armstrong taking one giant leap for mankind.

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She credited her longevity to "two eggs a day, and that's it.

Today she has slowed down a bit, reducing the number to two some days because she says three can be too much", her doctor, Carlo Bava, said past year.

Morano's first love died in World War I, and she left her second husband during the Fascist era of Italy, just before the start of World War II.

Emma Morano, 117 years old, blows candles on the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy.

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Declaring that "the best time is now", Brown said she was enjoying life and is not sitting around waiting to die. She was discovered not breathing in her home by her caretaker on Saturday, and was eventually confirmed dead by the physician who looked after her over the last 25 years.

Against the wishes of several doctors, Morano also kept an unusual diet. Devastatingly, she never saw him again and assumed he had died.

Emma Morano was married, but it was short lived as her husband was abusive and controlling.

Italian news agencies ANSA and Agi have reported Ms Morano's death, citing her her friends and family.

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"I didn't want to be dominated by anyone", she told The New York Times in a 2015 interview.