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Emma Morano (1899 - 2017)

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Emma Morano (1899 - 2017)

Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, and the last verified to have been born in the 1800s, died Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017, at her home in Verbania, Italy. She was 117.

Her physician, Dr. Carlo Brava, told The Associated Press that her caretaker had informed him that Morano had died peacefully while sitting in her armchair. She had lived for many years in a two-room apartment where she was frequently visited relatives and neighbors.

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Born Nov. 22, 1899 in Piedmont, Italy, she was the eldest of eight children.

She was married in 1926, but the marriage was not a happy one, and she drove her husband out of the house in 1938. At that time Italy was controlled by the Fascists and women were expected to be submissive to their husbands. She remained technically married until her husband’s death in 1978, but lived on her own for the rest of her life. She supported herself with factory and kitchen work.

She became the oldest Italian person ever in Aug., 2015, and became the world’s oldest living person in May, 2016. She attributed her longevity to eating three raw eggs a day, even against the advice of doctors.

“She was always very decisive,” Dr. Brava told The Associated Press.

Whether it was the advice of doctors or a controlling husband, Morano always made up her own mind.

“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told The New York Times in a 2015 interview.

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