Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown is now the second oldest person in the world, after the death of previous oldest person Susannah Mushatt Jones of the United States.
Jones died at a senior home in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday night. She had been ill for 10 days prior to her passing.
Jamaica’s oldest recorded citizen, Moss Brown, of Duanvale in Trelawny, is 116 years old.
She is just over three months younger than the woman who has replaced Jones as world’s oldest person, Italian Emma Morano, who became 116 on November 29 last year. Brown celebrated that milestone on March 10, 2016.
Known as ‘Aunt V’ in Duanvale, Moss Brown’s eldest child, 95-year-old Harold Fairweather, is believed to be the world’s oldest living child with a parent alive.
The Gerontology Research Group has confirmed the ages of dozens of living supercentenarians, those who are 110 and older. Nearly all are women, and most are located in North America, Europe and Japan, where proof-of-age records are more readily available.
Here are the 10 oldest people in the world whose ages have been validated by the group:
1. Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, 116, Italy
2. Violet Brown, 116, Jamaica
3. Nabi Tajima, 115, Japan
4. Chiyo Miyako, 115, Japan
5. Eudoxie Baboul, 114, France
6. Ana Vela-Rubio, 114, Spain
7. Mitsue Toyoda, 114, Japan
8. Marie-Josephine Gaudette, 114, Italy
9. Yukie Hino, 114, Japan
10. Giuseppina Projetto-Frau, 113, Italy