The world’s oldest person. Violet Mosse Brown. has passed away aged 117-years-old at her home in Jamaica.
Ms Brown, who was named ‘World’s Oldest Person’ on April 15 this year, was born in Trelawney, Jamaica on March 10, 1900 during the reign of Queen Victoria.
On her 110th birthday Violet told a local paper the secret to her longevity was eating everything except pork and chicken and abstaining from ‘rum and them things’.
Our oldest person in the world Mrs. Violet Mosse-Brown has died. She was 117 years old.
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) September 16, 2017
She joked, as reported by the Metro:
You know, sometimes I ask myself, ‘Am I really 110 years old?’ because I don’t feel like 110.
She succeeded Italy’s Emma Morano, who died aged 117, who had more specific reasons for old-age, namely staying single and eating raw egg every day.
Violet was still living in the same house she was born in when she died and spent her early life working on a plantation cutting sugar cane, before working as a maid in a post-slavery environment.
The world's oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet. pic.twitter.com/AnjXdHK1Kz
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) April 15, 2017
She went on to become an entrepreneur – buying her own house as well as the bread depot in the district.
Violet was so old, Queen Elizabeth II sent Violet a plaque to commemorate her longevity when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, tweeted:
Our oldest person in the world Mrs. Violet Mosse-Brown has died. She was 117 years old. Rest In Peace Mrs Mosse-Brown.