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

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Emma Morano celebrating her 117th birthday previous year.

Italian Emma Morano, last known survivor of 19th century, died at 117.

Ms Morano is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s.

The centenarian had become something of a celebrity, with her own Wikipedia entry and earlier this year her long life was marked by a party and concert organized by Verbania, the town in which she lived on the shores of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. She consumes raw eggs daily along with small amounts of meat and pasta but drinks only milk for dinner.

She had been bed-bound during her latter years.

"I worked in a factory until I was 65, then that was that", she said as she sat in an armchair by her window, a white shawl over her shoulders. Her doctor says she rarely ate vegetables or fruit and instead subsisted primarily on chicken, omelettes, and biscuits.

"'Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you'", Ms Morano said, recalling his proposal. "And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth", she said in her home at the time, where the Guinness World Records certificate declaring her to be the oldest person alive held pride of place on a marble-topped chest of drawers. I was 26 years old.

Morano outlived all her eight brothers and sisters, including one who died at 102.

"I separated from him in 1938".

Ms Morano had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces. "She was always very decisive".

According to the Gerontology Research Group, a U.S. body that tracks supercentenarians, the oldest person after Morano is Jamaican woman Violet Brown, who turned 117 on March 10.

As a single woman, she made a living making jute bags and working in a hotel, the AP reported past year.

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