Jamaica’s aunt V, world’s oldest person dies at 117

Violet Brown, a Jamaican woman of 117

Jamaican Violet Mosse Brown, the world’s oldest person died on Friday September 15, 2017 aged 117 years.

The Jamaican Observer reported that Violet, who is affectionately called Aunt V, died at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St James about 2:30 pm.

The country’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, tweeted his condolences to the family of Violet who became the world’s oldest human on April 15, 2017.

This followed the passing of Italian Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899.

Aunt V

Victoria University

Violet Brown, born on 10 March 1900 was a supercentenarian.

She was the fifth oldest person in recorded history and along with Nabi Tajima of Japan was one of the last two living people known to have been born in the 19th century.

Brown was one of four children born to John Mosse, who was a sugar boiler, and Elizabeth Riley.

She was baptized at the age of 13 into the Baptist Church. She married Augustus Gaynor Brown, with whom she had one daughter.

She had six children in total, four of whom were still living at the time of her death in 2017.

Brown indicated in an April 2017 interview with The Jamaica Observer that she was healthier than her five remaining children and that she had no ailments.

Although her oldest living child died just a few days later.

When asked about the reasons for her longevity, Brown claimed that there is no secret formula to her long life, telling the Jamaica Gleaner:

“Really and truly, when people ask what I eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and dem tings”.

She was the oldest verified Jamaican person ever and the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica.

Her date of birth has been variously reported as 4 March 1900, 10 March 1900, and 15 March 1900; it was officially recognised as 10 March 1900 by the Gerontology Research Group in 2014.

Brown was born when Jamaica was a part of the British Empire and was the last known living former subject of Queen Victoria.

Brown’s first child, Harland Fairweather, died on 19 April 2017, at the age of 97 years and 4 days. He was believed to be the oldest person with a living parent.

Brown died on 15 September 2017 at a hospital in Montego Bay, Saint James Parish, of heart failure complicated by dehydration at the age of 117.



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