117-year-old Jamaican woman is now the world's oldest living person

117-year-old Jamaican woman is now the world's oldest living person




117-year-old Violet Mosse Brown from Trelawney in Jamaica is now the world's oldest living person.

She now holds the record following the passing of the previous record holder, Emma Morano, on April 15.

The Italian Morano was also aged 117 years old but was born a few months earlier on November 29, 1899.

She was the last living link to the 19th Century.

During an interview to mark her 110th birthday, Violet attributed her long life to avoiding pork, chicken and rum. She said: "Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and dem tings."

She also said that she is a firm believer in God and a regular contributor to her local church, adding that these have helped her live long.

Remarkably, Violet has a son who is almost 100 and who is believed to be the oldest person with a living parent.



Congratulations for Violet have been pouring in from around the world, with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness being among the first to recognize Violet's record. Queen Elizabeth II also sent Violet a commemorative plaque when she became the oldest living person in the Commonwealth. Watch Violet praying for the world two days after her 117th birthday in the video below.

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