World’s oldest person Violet Mosse-Brown dies aged 117


pensionsThe oldest person in the world, and the last living subject of Queen Victoria, Violet Mosse-Brown, has died in Jamaica aged 117.

At 117 years and 38 days of age, Violet Mosse-Brown was believed to have become the world’s oldest living person.

“This is what God has given me, so I have to take it — long life,” Ms Mosse-Brown said in an April interview in her home in the town of Duanvale in western Jamaica.

Documents state that Ms Brown was born on March 10, 1900.

Ms Mosse-Brown said she spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home and she attended church regularly.

After celebrating her 110th birthday, Ms Mosse-Brown told a local paper: “Really and truly, when people ask me what [to] eat and drink to live so long, I say to them I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and them things.”

Ms Mosse-Brown had two caregivers and spent most of her days resting in the home she shared with her 97-year-old son.

The secret to long life is hard work, she said.

She also credited her Christian faith for her long life.

“I’ve done nearly everything at the church. I spent all my time in the church. I like to sing. I spent all my time in the church from a child to right up [to today].”

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation to Ms Mosse-Brown after she became the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica.

He also tweeted his condolences following her death.

Queen Elizabeth II sent Ms Mosse-Brown a plaque to commemorate her longevity when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.