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(OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) This file photo taken on May 14, 2016 shows Emma Morano, then-116, posing for AFP photographer in Verbania, North Italy, on May 14, 2016.
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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ROME — 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.