Italian doctor says world's oldest person has died at 117

Emma Morano is pictured behind a cake with candles marking 117 years in the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy.

Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press by telephone that Morano's caretaker called him to say the woman had passed away Saturday afternoon while sitting in an armchair in her home in Verbania, a town on Lake Maggiore.

Bava said he had last paid his nearly-daily call on Morano on Friday. He says "she thanked me and held my hand" as usual.

Morano, born on Nov. 29, 1899, was also believed to have been the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s.
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