Emma Morano, at 117 the world’s oldest person who is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, died at her home in Italy.
Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press that Morano’s caretaker had called him to say she had stopped breathing in the afternoon while sitting in an armchair at her home in Verbania, a town on Italy’s Lake Maggiore.
Bava said he had last seen his patient on Friday when “she thanked me and held my hand,” as she did every time he called on her.
While Morano had been increasingly spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had still eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day.
Morano, born on Nov. 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.
Last fall on her birthday, Morano declared: “I’m happy I have turned 117!”