World's oldest person dies in Jamaica at age 117


She became the world's oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.

In her early life, Violet worked as a plantation worker cutting sugar cane and working as a maid as a survivor of "post slavery" according to the family.

Brown died at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, The Gleaner website reported.

'You know, sometimes I ask myself, "Am I really 110 years old?" because I don't feel like 110'.

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The world's oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown, is dead. She resided with her grandchildren and other family members.

Since becoming the world's oldest person less than a year ago, Brown has brought much visibility to Duanvale.

And she is also the last living subject of Queen Victoria, having been born one year before the monarch died when Jamaica was still part of the British Empire.

Jeanne Calment, of France, has the longest confirmed human lifespan in history.

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Mrs Mosse Brown was sent a plaque by Queen Elizabeth II when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.

Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Mosse-Brown has died at the age of 117, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted Friday evening. Her son, Barry Russell, said she died today. "She was taken to the medical facility on Saturday because she was not feeling well, was dehydrated, and had an irregular heartbeat".

Her daughter Lelieth Palmer said, "She was in good spirits before she was taken away to see the doctor, she did not appear sick because she was able to sit up and have her hair combed".

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