World’s oldest person dies in Italy aged 117 – Italian media

Emma Morano, thought to be the world’s oldest person, dies at age 117, Italian media report.

VERBANIA, ITALY (REUTERS) – Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world’s oldest person and the last to be born in the 19th century, died on Saturday (April 15), Italian media reported.

Morano, who lived in northern Italy, was born on November 29, 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. Her life spanned three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.

Morano celebrated her 117th birthday last year at her home in Verbania, in Northern Italy, surrounded by friends, her neighbours and her doctor.

Italian news agencies ANSA and Agi said the death was reported by her friends and family.