Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person and also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, has died at her home in northern Italy.

Morano was born November 29, 1899, in northern Italy.

She was born in November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy and her life spanned three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments. They had a son in 1937, but the baby died after just six months and the following year Morano kicked out her abusive husband.

The world's oldest person has today died at the age of 117.

While other centenarians have attributed their longevity to everything from exercise to lack of exercise, Morano claimed her secret to a long life was two raw eggs a day. Her mother lived to be 91, and she had several siblings who reportedly lived to be at least 100 years old.

Dr Bava, who also lives in Verbania, had been her doctor for almost a quarter of a century.

Last fall on her birthday, Morano declared: "I'm happy I have turned 117!"

Emma Morano, in her home in northern Italy a year ago. But a year ago Rosi Santoni, one of the relatives who helped look after her, said she had plenty of family to care for her and had many friends in the town.

The world longevity record, he noted, remained with French woman Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 in 1997, having outlived both her daughter and grandson.

"Unless a surprise candidate comes out of the trees, she is the oldest living Victorian", said Young.

Always a biscuits-lover, she has been used to eating very little vegetables, according to her personal doctor. Since then, she supported herself, lived alone, and worked in a jute factory until the age of 65.

She also defied health advice, Bava said Saturday.