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JAMAICA | World's Oldest person dies at age 117

Featured Jamaican Violet Mosse Brown was the oldest person in the world. She was 117 years old, having been born on March 10, 1900 in the parish of Trelawny. Jamaican Violet Mosse Brown was the oldest person in the world. She was 117 years old, having been born on March 10, 1900 in the parish of Trelawny.
JJamaica no longer has the distinction of having the world's oldest person.  Violet Moss Brown, of Duansvale in Trelawny, who had the enviable distinction of being the world's oldest person is dead. She died at a medical facility in Montego Bay, St James, on Friday afternoon, at the age of 117.

Aunt V, as she is affectionately called, died at the Fairfield Medical Centre, in Montego Bay, at approximately 2:30 p.m. according to her son, Barry Russell, who is based in Miami, Florida.

"She was taken to the medical facility on Saturday because she was not feeling well, was dehydrated, and had an irregular heartbeat," Russell said.

However, other family members, who were unaware of her whereabouts at the time of her death, have taken the news of her death very hard and are intimating that she may have died of a broken heart.

Lelieth Palmer, Moss Brown's granddaughter said  "Her death has come as a big shock to us.""She was in good spirits before she was taken away to see the doctor, she did not appear sick because she was able to sit up and have her hair combed."

Moss Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900, became the world's oldest person on April 15, 2017 when the Italian super-centenarian, Emma Morano, who was the previous world's oldest person, died, paving the way for the Trelawny woman to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for her longevity, which she credited to eating good food and serving God.

Moss Brown's son, Harland Fairweather, who died earlier this year at age 97, also shared a coveted spot with his mother in the Guinness Book of World Records as he was the world's oldest person with a living parent.

Since becoming the world's oldest person, Moss Brown became quite a celebrity in Duanvale as she had visits from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips; and president of Jamaica Baptist Union, Dr Devon Dick.

Last modified onSunday, 17 September 2017 07:15
  • Countries: Jamaica