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Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

World's oldest person is dead

World's oldest person is dead

When the news of her death came, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted to offer his condolences. In April he had received recognition of woman più elderly in life of Guinness Word Record.

In April 2017, Violet Moss (also spelled Mosse) earned the distinction of being the oldest living woman.

Her reign as the world's oldest person did not last long; but her life - well, that's a whole 'nother story. "She was 117 years old", he wrote.

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

Affectionally known as "Aunt V", Violet Brown was born in Jamaica on March 10, 1900.

Interestingly, Moss-Brown's eldest child, Harold Fairweather, was believed to be the world's oldest living child with a parent alive.

Asked what was the secret to long life, she replied that eating cows feet, not drinking rum and reading the bible were key. She worked on a sugar plantation in her early days, eventually starting a bread business and buying the house she lived in until her death.

Russell said his mother's last few days were tense as there was an ongoing dispute in the family as to whether she was getting the best medical care.

In an interview this year with The Associated Press, Brown said she was surprised but grateful to have lived so long.

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