Violet Mosse-Brown, oldest verified living person dies at 117 in Jamaica

Violet Mosse-Brown, oldest verified living person dies at 117 in Jamaica

Mrs Brown was born on March 10, 1900, just a few miles from her fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt.

Violet was still living in the same house she was born in when she died this week.

Her son Barry Russell, 85, told The Gleaner she was taken to a doctor, who said she had irregular heartbeat.

She became the world's oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.

The Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles - which records the ages of the world's oldest people - claims that there are now just 46 supercentenarians - people who have lived past 110 - in the world.

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Nabi Tajima of Japan is now the world's oldest verified living person at the grand old age of 117 years and 34 days.

Since becoming the world's oldest person less than a year ago, Brown has brought much visibility to Duanvale.

Just days after she was named world's oldest person in April, her son, Harold Fairweather died at age 97. Some family members had removed her from her home in Duanvale, Trelawny with other relatives not knowing where she was. However, she passed away at Fairview Medical Center in Montego Bay, Jamaica at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. They anxious that she would miss a scheduled appointment with officials from The Guinness Book of World Records. She resided with her grandchildren and other family members.

The world's oldest person, Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown died Friday at 117 after a brief illness.

Brown's achievement made her a local celebrity.