NEW OLDEST PERSON: 117-year old Jamaican Violet Brown
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A 117-year-old Jamaican woman has now claimed the title of the oldest living person after the death of Emma Morano over the weekend.

Ms Morano, from Italy, was the oldest human in the world when she died, also aged 117, on Saturday.

And, according to Gerontology Research Group, her place has been taken by Violet Brown from Jamaica.

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, tweeted a congratulatory message to Ms Brown, who turned 117 last month.

He wrote: “The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet.”

DECEASED: Former ‘Oldest Person’ Emma Morano who died at the weekend blows a cake for her 117th Birthday

Before her death, Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899, was the last surviving person to be born in the 1800s.

She put her longevity down to genetics – her mother lived to 91 and several sisters lived to 100 – and being single after choosing to kick out her abusive husband in 1938.

Ms Morano also said her health was due to eating three eggs a day – two of them raw – which she started doing after being diagnosed with anaemia shortly after the First World War.

She died on Saturday in her home in the city of Verbania, northern Italy, according to local media.

After Violet Brown, the second third oldest people are Japanese women, Nabi Tajima and Chiyo Miyako, who were born in 1900 and 1901.