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At 117, Jamaican woman likely just became world's oldest

Meet Violet the new 'world's oldest person'

For a while before Morano's death, she was believed to the only living person born in the 1800s.

Just after the death of the World's oldest woman Itaian Emma Morano died at the age of 117, a new title holder has emerged in person of Violet-Mosse Brown from Jamaica. "But she does not eat pork or chicken".

Brown also credits working hard and eating healthy for her long life.

Mosse Brown is 117 years old, having been born on March 10, 1900. But I eat any other things: "greens, mutton, beef, fish, that's what I eat", she said.

Also worth noting: the current second and third oldest people listed by the Gerontology Research Group are two Japanese women, Nabi Tajima (116) and Chiyo Miyako (115).

Brown had told The Gleaner that her long and happy life was due to her living right rather than any special diet.

The world's oldest person Violet Brown poses for a photo at her home in Duanvale, Jamaica, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Jamaican President Andrew Holness tweeted a picture of Brown at the weekend, congratulating her on her achievement.

Mosse-Brown's son Harold Fairweather is 97, making him the oldest person in the world who has a living parent.

"I've done almost everything at the church", she said.

A devout Christian, she used to work as a cane farmer before somewhat ironically becoming a record keeper for the local cemetery where her husband was once caretaker. "I feel I would have passed off a long time ago, but thank God for what he has given me".

Guinness World Records said it was still researching a number of candidates to confirm the new world's oldest person title, adding that the process was sometimes unusually complex due to poor records.

As time went on she purchased her own property and became an entrepreneur, owning the only bread depot in the district. I like to sing.