World’s Oldest Living Person, Violet Brown, Passes Away at 117


Violet Moss Brown, who was believed to be the oldest person in the world, died on Friday, reported Jamaican outlet The Gleaner. She was 117.

Brown, who was born on 10 March 1900, became the world’s oldest living person following the death of Emma Morano of Italy, born on 29 November 1899.

Nabi Tajima of Japan is now the world’s oldest verified living person at the grand old age of 117 years and 34 days.

Nabi was born on August 4, 1900, in the town of Kikai, Kagoshima Prefecture.

She has nine children – seven sons and two daughters – and has more than 140 descendants including 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great-grandchildren.



  1. Imagine had she been a frum Jew, with 9 children. In all likelihood, she’d have had 50-90 grandchildren, 200-700 grandchildren, and countless great-grandchildren by now, maybe even great-greats. Oh, well, a few Jamaicans less.

  2. She definitely had a nice smile. Maybe that was her secret. Today, people are afraid to smile. I don’t want people to think that I’m happy. It might affect their children’s shidduchim. We are living in very weird times.

  3. Why does Matzav post the age of the NEW current oldest person? its a ayin hara on the person & can cause the person to be niftar, please leave out the age in the future OF THE OLDEST ALIVE CURRENT PERSON.

    Thank you


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