World's oldest person, Violet Mosse Brown, dies aged 117

  • 17/09/2017
Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, meets Violet Mosse Brown.
Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, meets Violet Mosse Brown. Photo credit: Andrew Holness/Twitter

The last remaining person to have been a subject of Queen Victoria has died.

Violet Mosse Brown of Jamaica was 117, and the world's oldest person, when she passed away on Saturday (NZ time).

Ms Brown had been the world's oldest person since April, when Italian woman Emma Morano died.

Ms Brown was born in 1900 in Jamaica, then part of the British West Indies. She worked on a sugar plantation in her early days, eventually starting a bread business and buying the house she lived in until her death.

So how did she live so long? Ms Brown says it was eating cows' feet, reading the Bible and staying away from rum that kept her going.

Her successor as the world's oldest human is Nabi Tajima of Japan, also 117.

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