The World's Oldest Person Is A 117-Year-Old Jamaican Woman Called 'Aunt V'

"I don't drink rum and dem tings."

Violet Brown, a resident of Trelawny Parish in Jamaica, has been declared the oldest known person in the world. 

Born on March 10, 1900, Brown is 117 years and 38 days old. She inherited the title of world’s oldest person on Saturday, after the death of Italian Emma Morano, who was 117 years and 137 days old. 

Brown, affectionately known as “Aunt V,” does not eat pork or chicken, and enjoys “sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, breadfruit, and fruits, especially oranges and mangoes,” according to the Jamaican Observer.

Brown’s eldest son is 97 years old, which could possibly make him the oldest living person in the world with a parent who is also alive.

On Saturday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his congratulations to Brown:

In a 2010 interview with the Jamaican Gleaner, the then-110-year-old Brown revealed her secret to long life.

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



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