Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported.
Dr Bava, who also lives in Verbania, had been her doctor for almost a quarter of a century. I'm happy she didn't suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly'.
There's no doubt she lived a very, very full life.
"She was slowly fading away", Dr Bava said.
"He told me, "Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you, '" Morano said".
One of her caretakers said her longevity was also the result of a daily eating regime which consisted of three eggs - two of which she ate raw - and a small portion of minced meat.
Of course, genetics can't be overlooked: though Morano, the oldest of eight children, outlived all of her siblings, several of her sisters lived to see their 100th birthdays (and her mother passed away at the age of 91).
According to the Gerontology Research Group, a United States body that tracks supercentenarians, the oldest person after Morano is Jamaican woman Violet Brown, who turned 117 on March 10. "She thanked me and held my hand" as usual, he said.
Dr Bava said: 'She didn't suffer. She lived through two world wars and more than 90 Italian governments. In a 2011 interview, Morano claimed to have never wanted to marry in the first place and having only given in because she was threatened.
In an interview with AFP news agency previous year, Morano put her longevity down to her diet. "I was 26. We got married".
"Emma has always eaten very few vegetables, very little fruit", her doctor, Carlo Bava, said in an interview past year. "Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year".
"I separated from him in 1938".