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Italian Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, has died at the age of 117, reports say.

She was born on November 29, 1899, in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Emma Morano was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

She had attributed her longevity to her genetics and a diet of three eggs a day, two of them raw.

Emma Morano was the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived. She died at her home in the northern city of Verbania.

Her life not only spanned three centuries but also survived an abusive marriage, the loss of her only son, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.

Emma Morano had admitted that her longevity was partly down to genetics: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary.

However, it was also down to a rather unusual diet of three eggs – two raw – each day for more than 90 years.

It was a regime she took up as a young woman, after the doctor diagnosed her with anemia shortly after World War One.

She had cut down to just two eggs a day, and a few biscuits recently.

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Emma Morano’s doctor of 27 years, Carlo Bava, had told AFP that she rarely ate vegetables or fruit.

“When I met her, she ate three eggs per day, two raw in the morning and then an omelet at noon, and chicken at dinner.”

Emma Morano also credited her longevity to her decision, in 1938, to kick out her husband – a year after her baby boy died at just six months old.

The marriage had never been healthy, she said. She had been in love with a boy who was killed during World War One, and had no interest in marrying someone else.

However, Emma Morano told La Stampa newspaper in an interview when she was a spritely 112 that she was left with little choice.

“He told me: <<If you’re lucky you marry me, or I’ll kill you>>. I was 26 years old. I got married.”

Eventually, it became too much. Though they separated in 1938, they remained married until he died in 1978. Emma Morano, who worked until she was 75, chose never to marry again.

“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told the New York Times.

Emma Morano had only taken on a full-time career a couple of years ago – but had not left her small two-room apartment for 20 years.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), the world’s oldest human being is now Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900.


Japanese Misao Okawa, known as the world’s oldest living person, has died from heart failure at the age of 117.

Misao Okawa died in a nursing home in Osaka, the city she was born in on March 5, 1898.

She is survived by three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Misao Okawa was recognized in 2013 as the world’s oldest living person, as well as the world’s oldest living woman, by Guinness World Records.

While celebrating her birthday earlier this month, Misao Okawa said that 117 years did not seem such a long time.Misao Okawa world's oldest person

She also said the key to a long life was getting at least eight hours of sleep a night and eating sushi – her favorite food.

Misao Okawa said she particularly enjoyed mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice.

Her birthday celebration was shown on national television in Japan.

Born to a kimono-maker, Misao Okawa married her husband Yukio in 1919. They lived in Kobe where he ran a business. When Yukio died in 1931, Misao Okawa moved back to Osaka.

Misao Okawa lived across three centuries, seeing four emperors of Japan, six British monarchs, and 20 US presidents.

Craig Glenday, the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, said previously of Misao Okawa: “Her impressive longevity… is an inspiration and a testament to the Japanese lifestyle.”

Misao Okawa’s name has since been taken down for the entry for the world’s oldest living person on the organization’s site.

It is not yet known who now holds that record, but the site does state that the oldest living man is Sakari Momoi, also of Japan, who turned 112 in February.

The oldest person who has ever lived according to Guinness was Jeanne Calment of France, who lived 122 years and 164 days. She died in August 1997.

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