Rome: Emma Martina Luigia Morano, the world’s oldest person has died at the age of 117 at her home in Italy’s Verbania town on Saturday.
She held the Guinness World Records titles for oldest living person and oldest living woman.
Morano, who lived 117 years and 137 days, was born on November 29, 1899, in the Italian town of Civiasco into a family of people who would prove to be very long-lived, with her mother and aunt living to past 90 and her sister Angela reaching 100.
According to her grandchildren, Morano, who lived through two world wars, knew 11 popes and 12 Italian Presidents, died peacefully in her sleep.
Morano was officially recognised as the world’s oldest person after the previous holder of the title, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died in New York in May last year.