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Oldest living person in the world who swore by eating three eggs a day is dead at 117

Mirror logo Mirror 15/04/2017 Stephen Jones

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The oldest living woman in the world has died aged 117 years and 137 days - months after revealing her secret to longer life was eating three eggs a day. 

Emma Moran - who survived two World Wars - ate one cooked and two raw eggs every day since the age of 20 after a doctor diagnosed her with anemia,

She also credited eating small amounts of minced meat and only having milk for supper for helping her live longer.

Emma also used to eat 500 grams of Gianduiotti every week (chocolates made with the hazelnuts) and glasses full of honey - and was also the oldest Italian person EVER.

Italian media outlet Rai News reported her death today - noting she had outlived three King of Italy, a dozen presidents of the Italian Republic and 11 popes

MirrorOnline reported last November how Emma was in a generally cheery mood, saying: "I’m doing really fine, but my legs are weak."

Emma was born in Civiasco, province of Vercelli, in 1899 as the first of eight children.

As a teenager, she enjoyed dancing, loved waltz and tango and adored music - but she suffered hard times throughout her life.

During the First World War her fiancé was called to the front line - and the young lovers never met again.

Emma believed he had been killed, but according to a journalist for local paper L’Alpino he returned home to find she had moved.

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She married in October 1926 and 11 years later had her only child, who died at the age of six months.

After an unhappy marriage she split from her husband the next year.

Mrs Morano, who remained single for the rest of her life, worked in a factory making jute sacks then as a cook before retiring at the age of 75.

She took the title of oldest person after the death of previous record holder Susannah Mushatt Jones in May last year.

After hearing that she was the world's oldest human, the Italian reportedly said: "My word, I’m as old as the hills."

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Rosi Santoni, who helps care for Mrs Moran, told the newspaper the supercentenarian back in November she was almost entirely deaf and her social life is very limited as all her peers are now dead.

She said: "Considering her age she is in pretty good health.

“She does find walking very tiring, though, and she has a nap during the day.”

Mrs Morano was born on November 29, 1899, in Civiasco in the Piedmont region of northern Italy and the eldest of eight children.

Her family moved to Pallanza close on Lake Maggiore, close to the Swiss border, where she still lives in a small flat.

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She took up the record last year after the last American born in the 1800s - just months before Mrs Morano - Susannah Mushatt Jones passed away at the age of 116.

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Ms Jones became Guinness World Records' official oldest person when 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Tokyo last year.

The oldest verified person was Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days, the research group said.

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