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Last known survivor of 19th century dies at 117

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Erik Tate | 16 April, 2017, 02:53

"She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to help us move forward in life".

Emma Morano was fortunate enough to see numerous world's greatest losses and achievements since the late 1800s.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), Morano ceded the crown of the world's oldest human being to Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Having lived through two world wars and the resulting depressions, Emma was able to witness Neil Armstrong taking one giant leap for mankind.

"When I met her, she ate three eggs per day, two raw in the morning and then an omelette at noon, and chicken at dinner".

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.

Emma Morano, 116, holds a pillow reading "116 years old, Happy Birthday Emma" as she poses for AFP photographer in Verbania, North Italy, on May 14, 2016.

"I didn't want to be dominated by anyone", she told the New York Times. "I think I was one of the first in Italy to do that", she said.

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She also refused to be taken to hospital, with the exception of a cataract operation.

Morano also believed that a sufficient amount of beauty sleep was essential for longevity. Her siblings all preceded her in death, including a sister who lived to be 102. She went to bed before 7 p.m. and arose before 6 a.m.

Emma Morano - the world's oldest living person and the last known person to have lived in the 1800s - has died at her home in Italy, the Associated Press reports.

She married Giovanni Martinuzzi in 1926 and in 1937, gave birth to her only child, who died just months later. Giovanni separated from Emma in 1938 when she drove him from their home.

Morano began working in a factory making jute bags when she was 16.

"When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day". Morano worked here until she was 75-years-old, at which point she resigned for what would inevitably be a much longer retirement than she may have anticipated.

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