The world's oldest person has died at 117

An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy.

Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died at her home in northern Italy, her doctor says. He says "she thanked me and held my hand" as usual.

Ms Morano, born on November 29 1899, had been living in a one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her carer and two elderly nieces.

Bava, her doctor for 27 years, said Morano rarely ate vegetables or fruit. Morano, who was born in the village of Civiasco in northern Italy, made a practice of eating raw eggs for almost a century, ever since she was diagnosed with anemia at the age of 20. "She was always very decisive".

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.

Marchionini, the mayor of Verbania, told the Italian news agency AGI that her city has more than 20 people aged over 100.

While she had been spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had still eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said.

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Morano famously attributed her long life, in part, to staying single after ending a bad marriage in her late 30s.

Emma Morano, 116, holds a pillow reading "116 years old, Happy Birthday Emma" as she poses for AFP photographer in Verbania, North Italy, on May 14, 2016.

"When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day".

"He told me, "Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you, '" Morano said".

But, she told La Stampa newspaper when she was a spritely 112 that she was left with little choice.

Morano poses for a photo after receiving the distinction of being the world's oldest known living person.

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