Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sept 17th. Violet Mosse-Brown, the Worlds oldest person has died at the age of 117 years, 189 days at the Fairfield Medical Centre in Jamaica on Friday after a brief illness. She had been treated for heart arrhythmia and dehydration A family member said: “I came to look for her this afternoon and was told that she passed.” Ms Violet Mosse–Brown became the oldest living person on April 15, 2017, following the death of Emma Morano.
Ms Violet Mosse–Brown, known as “Aunt V”, is also the last living subject of Queen Victoria, having been born one year before the monarch died when Jamaica was still part of the British Empire.
She had recently been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records and at the time was still living in the same house that she was born in.
In an interview, the supercentenarian said she liked to eat Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fruit especially oranges and mangoes. Brown spent much of her life cutting sugar cane. She remained active in her church until recently and credited her longevity to hard work and her Christian faith.
Since becoming the world’s oldest person less than a year ago, Brown has brought much visibility to her local area.
The worlds oldest person had enjoyed visits from her county’s figureheads. They included Jamaican Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips, and president of Jamaica Baptist Union, Dr Devon Dick.
Photo: Violet Mosse–Brown reads a greeting card on her 117th birthday in March this year
She had four sons and two daughters. Her eldest child, Harold Fairweather, who was believed to be the world’s oldest living child with a parent alive, died a few months ago aged 97.
Following her death, the Gerontology Research Group lists 117 years old Nabi Tajima of Japan as the oldest surviving person. She was born on August 4, 1900.
The longest confirmed human lifespan in history is that of Jeanne Calment who died on August 4, 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed his condolences in a Facebook post, calling her “an inspiring woman.”