Emma Morano, the Oldest Person in the World, Died at the Age of 117

In April 2017, the sad news came from a small town of Verbania, north Italy, where a woman known as the oldest person in the world, has died at her home. Her name was Emma Morano, and at the moment of her death she was 117 years and 138 days old.

Morano was born on November 29th, 1899, in Piedmont region of north Italy, and spent the whole of her life there. She was the oldest of her parents’ 8 children. It is necessary to mention that a good number of her family members lived longer than 90 years: in particular, her younger sister, Angela, died in 2011 at the age of 102.

Morano got married at the age of 27 to Giovanni Martinuzzi, a doctor who was 2 years younger than her, and 10 years later she gave birth to her only child, a son, who died only 6 months after coming to this world. Unfortunately, the grieving father and mother could not overcome the death of their long awaited son, and the marriage ended up a year later, in 1938.

Emma remained single for the rest of her life, and after becoming the oldest living person in the world, she mentioned being single as one of the main and the most important contributing factors to her miraculous longevity. Other ones, according to Morano, included her special diet (consuming at least 2 eggs every day), as well as optimism and positive attitude towards future.

Till her last days she lived alone in her house in Verbania, however, she received a lot of public attention: in particular, the celebration of her 117th birthday was broadcasted live from her small town to the whole country. There was even more special event, in Autumn 2016, when Pope Francis visited Morano at her home to celebrate her longevity and show her the deepest respect. 

Emma Morano was not only the oldest person in the world and the longest living person in Italy, but also the only living person who was born in the 19th century. Moreover, she was also one of a small number of people who lived during three centuries (the 19th, the 20th and the 21st centuries).

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