Oldest person in the world dies aged 117

The oldest person in the world, a Jamaican woman who was 117-years-old has died aged 117.

Violet Mosse Brown, died in Jamaica at around 2.30pm on Friday 15 September 2017. She was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and used to work on a plantation.

She became the world’s oldest person in April 2017 after Italian Emma Morano, who was also 117, died.

Mrs Mosse Brown, who was born on 10 March 1900 and lived in North West Jamaica. She was the mother of six and a great-grandmother several times over.

Since her fame, she become beloved to many across the globe especially from her interview with the Jamaican Observer. The interview was done to celebrate her 110th birthday. In it she said her secrets to living to such an old age were eating cows’ feet, not drinking rum and reading the bible.

“Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and them things,” she said.

“You know, sometimes I ask myself, ‘Am I really 110 years old?’ because I don’t feel like 110”.

Violet was still living in the same house she was born in when she died.

Queen Elizabeth II sent Violet a plaque to commemorate her longevity when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth – and as well as that, she held the record as the last living subject of Queen Victoria.

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.

As time went on she purchased her own property and became an entrepreneur, owning the only bread depot in the district.

TNT News

Photo Credit: Claude Sinclair

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