Emma Morano

Emma Morano was the last known person to be born in the 1800s and was consequently the world’s oldest person. At death, she was aged 117 years.

She died Saturday afternoon and reports of her death by AFP and the Associated Press have it that she died while sitting in a rocking chair in her home, located in the Northern Italy town of Verbania.

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Dr. Carlo Bava, her doctor, told the AP that;

“She didn’t suffer. I’m happy she didn’t suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly,”

After the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, of New York City in May 2016, Emma Morano was believed to be the last surviving person born in the 1800s.

Emma Morano

How did Emma Morano live so long?

While alive, questions about her longevity were common and Emma Morano gave credit for her longevity to a totally unexpected dietary regimen. She was quoted as saying;

“I eat two eggs a day and that’s it… And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth.”

The two eggs a day that she referred to were not boiled, fried or poached but rather, eaten uncooked. She said that a doctor had informed her that the raw eggs would help improve her anemic condition.

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Morano had been preceded in death by all seven of her siblings (she was the oldest) including a sister who lived to be 102. The world’s oldest person had gotten married only once to Giovanni Martinuzzi in 1926. In 1937 she gave birth to her only child who unfortunately died just months later. She separated from her husband the next year but never divorced him.

Her work life ended more than 40 years ago at the age of 75. Before retirement, she worked in a jute factory and at a boarding school kitchen.