She was thought to be the oldest person left in the world born in the 1800s. Emma Morano has died at her home in Italy aged 117, her death was reported by her friends and family.
Morano, who lived in northern Italy was born on November 29, 1899, she lived through two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.
The secret to her longevity: a diet of three eggs per day, two of them uncooked.
Although her eyes and ears failed her with age, her sense of humor did not, one of her carer’s said that for Morano, ‘laughter was the best medicine’.
Violet Brown of Jamaica, born 10 March 1900, is now the world’s oldest person whose age has been documented.