Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies

Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, was 117
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2017 1:25 PM CDT
World's Oldest Person Dies at 117 in Italy
Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, died Saturday in Italy at the age of 117.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Emma Morano lived across three centuries, two world wars, and more than 90 Italian governments. And on Saturday, friends and family of Morano, believed to be the oldest woman alive, reported her death at home in Italy, Reuters reports. She was 117. According to the BBC, Morano was born on Nov. 29, 1899 and was believed to be the only person born in the 19th century still alive.

Morano credited her long life to genetics—a number of her sisters lived to 100—and her diet. For more than 90 years—after being diagnosed with anemia—Morano had eaten three eggs per day. Her longtime doctor says Morano subsisted on two raw eggs in the morning, an omelette for lunch, and chicken for dinner—almost never consuming fruits or vegetables. (More oldest person stories.)

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