Italy: World’s Oldest Person Emma Morano Dies At Age 117

The world’s oldest person has died at the age of 117, according to reports. Emma Morano, who was born back in 1899, saw it all throughout her life, including 90 Italian governments. Ms. Morano, who would only eat eggs and biscuits, was the last person born in the 1800s still living.

Ms. Morano lived a lot longer than most humans and admitted in the past that her longevity was probably because some of her family members had also lived long. She said that her mother lived until she was 91 and that some of her sisters reached the age of 100.

She also followed a diet for most of her life, eating three eggs and some biscuits each day. She began this diet more than 90 years ago and that seems to have also contributed as she not only reached the age of 100 but also lived another 17 years. Her doctor, Carlo Bava, spoke to the AFP and said Mrs. Morano rarely ate fruits or vegetables. Bava, who became her doctor 27 years ago, says that when he first met her, she would eat three eggs per day.

Ms. Morano was married once but said during interviews that it had not gone well. They separated in 1938 but remained married for another 40 years. She decided not to marry ever again after he died in 1978.


In November 29, 2016, Emma Morano celebrated her 117th birthday. Her two nieces, physician and caregivers attended the small celebration, where she received a cake. During the celebration, a message sent by the president was read by an official. During that day, she also had another small celebration, with another cake and a visit from the mayor.

Ms. Morano, who worked in a factory until she was 65 years old, had not left her apartment for 20 years but still received visits from newspapers and people who wanted to know more about her. The life expectancy in Italy is almost 83 years but Emma lived 34 more years than the average Italian. Ms. Emma was the last living person to have been born in the 1800s.