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World’s Last Living Person from 1800’s Dies at 117

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Emma Morano was the last surviving person from the 1800’s until Saturday, when she passed away in her home in Northern Italy. She was 117!

Her physician, Dr. Carlo Bava, alerted the press via phone, that Morano’s caretaker had called to inform him that she’d stopped breathing while sitting in an armchair.


Bava said, “She didn’t suffer. I’m happy she didn’t suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly,” he continued, “She was slowly fading away.”  He said that she had not been her usual chatty self lately.

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 eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said.

Bava also lives in Verbania and had been her physician for nearly a quarter of a century.

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.

Bava has previously told the AP that Morano lost a son to crib death when he was six months old and left her husband in the first-half of the last century after he beat her.

Morano “abandoned the husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be very submissive,” Bava said in a 2015 interview. “She was always very decisive.”

What a remarkable woman. Just imagine the things that she saw, and the things she lived through.

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Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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