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The last remaining survivor of the 1800s has died

Italian woman Emma Morano was 117.

Italy World's Oldest Person Emma Morano, pictured on her 117th birthday, last November Source: Antonio Calanni

THE OLDEST LIVING person on record, 117-year-old Italian woman Emma Morano, has died according to reports.

Morano was the last remaining documented citizen to be alive in the 19th century.

She was born on 29 November 1899.

Morano died today at her home in the northwestern Italian town of Verbania.

She had in recent times attributed her unusual longevity both to genetics (her mother died aged 91, while many of her sisters reached the aged of 100), and also to an unusual diet of three eggs per day.

She had been eating three eggs, two of them raw, daily for more than 90 years.

Morano was the eldest of eight children, all of whom she outlived. She had one son, who died in infancy in 1937.

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