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

by Abel Hampton April 16, 2017, 0:45

Morano, who lived in northern Italy, was born on November 29, 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air.

Emma Morano, who was born on November 19 1899, was believed to be the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s.

"She didn't suffer. I'm happy she didn't suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly", Dr Bava said.

Emma Morano, the world's oldest person has died in Italy, according to a report from the Associated Press.

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

But she had to cut this down to two a day as she no longer had any teeth.

Robert Young, director of the Los Angeles-based GRG's Supercentenarian Research and Database Division, said he had been following Morano 's progress for the past seven years, calling her an example of "super-ageing individuals who seem to age at a slower rate than normal - maybe even a few percentage points slower, but enough to make a difference".

"'Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you'", Ms Morano said, recalling his proposal. Morano said she was a handsome singer in her younger days. "I was 26. We got married". "I think I was one of the first in Italy to do that", she said.

In her 117 years of life, Morano lived through two World Wars, an abusive marriage, the death of her son, and upwards of 90 different governments in her home country.

"I separated from him in 1938. Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year". An Italian doctor says Saturday, April 15, 2017 Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy.

Ms Morano went on to support herself by working in a factory making jute bags, then at a hotel, working way beyond the usual retirement age.

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