World's oldest person, last one of 19th century, dies in Italy at 117:
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, blows candles during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016.

A woman, thought to be the world’s oldest person has passed away and the grand old age of 117.

Emma Morano was born in 1899 and celebrated her 117th birthday on November 29th last year.

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During her life time, she witnessed 90 Italian governments, two world wars and enjoyed life in three centuries.

But life wasn’t always good for Emma, who worked as a factory worker till she retired at 65 years of age.

She said in an interview with an Italian newspaper some years ago that her fianc�e had died in WWI and she was forced to marry a man she did not love. She told reporters she had to marry him or he would kill her.

They had a son, who died during infancy before the couple split in 1937.

Emma wasn’t the only family member to break the 100 mark however. Her brother lived till he was 102. She outlived her other siblings, a total of eight brothers and sisters.

She put her longevity down to eating at least two raw eggs every day.

She rarely ate fruit or vegetables and often ate the same foods throughout her long life.

Her home town of Verbania has over twenty people who are centenarians.

Verbania sits on the shores of Lake Maggiore, about 91 km (57 mi) north-west of Milan.

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