Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

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

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

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

The world's oldest person and the last known to have been born in the 1800s died Saturday.

Carlo Bava, Morano's doctor for decades, told the AP he last visited with the 117-year-old on Friday and "she thanked me and held my hand" as she usually did.

Morano, born on November 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.

Ms Morano, who was the oldest of eight siblings, died at her home in the northern city of Verbania.

In an interview with La Stampa newspaper five years ago she said her fiance had died in WWI and that she had then been forced to marry a man she did not love.

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.

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Ms Morano has said that her longevity was partly down to genetics: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary.

Dr Bava said: 'She didn't suffer.

Morano's life spanned three centuries and two world wars, Reuters notes - but her long life was not always a happy one. Morano was unable to attend as she had been bed-bound for four years at the time, instead receiving visitors at her home.

She spent most of her life without a partner after leaving her violent husband in 1938.

She lived through two World Wars, worked in a jute factory and courageously made a decision to separate from an abusive husband at a time when divorce was frowned on.

She also defied health advice, Bava said Saturday. Since then, she supported herself, lived alone, and worked in a jute factory until the age of 65.

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