Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported. Morano, born on November 29 1899, died at her home in Verbania, in northern Italy, the reports said. “She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to move forward in life,” the mayor of Verbania was quoted as saying.

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.Morano’s death means there is no one living known to have been born before 1900. Her first love died in World War I, but she married later and left her violent husband just before the Second World War and shortly after the death in infancy of her only son. READ MORE