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Last subject of Queen Victoria and world's oldest person dies at 117 in Jamaica

Published Sep 17, 2017, 6:18 pm IST
Updated Sep 17, 2017, 6:18 pm IST
Violet Mosse Brown revealed that 'reading the bible' was one of the secrets to her long life.
Violet Mosse Brown died aged 117. (Photo: AP)
 Violet Mosse Brown died aged 117. (Photo: AP)

The oldest person in the world, a Jamaican woman who was 117-years-old and the last living subject of Queen Victoria, died on Friday in Jamaica.

Violet Mosse Brown, was born on March 10, 1900 in North West Jamaica and died at her birthplace at around 2.30 pm.


She lived in Jamaica all her life and in her younger years worked on a Caribbean sugar plantation.

In an interview with the Jamaican Observer to celebrate her 110th birthday, she said her secrets to living to such an old age were eating cows feet, not drinking rum and reading the bible.

“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, and I don't drink rum and them things,” she said.

She added her 'faith in serving God, and believing strongly in the teaching of the bible' were also fundamental to a long and healthy life.


She was known as Aunt V to her friends and dear ones. According to her family after working on the sugar plantation, she worked as a maid in the 'post slavery period'.

But she went on to buy her own home and became a successful businesswoman selling bread from the only depot in her district.   

“You know, sometimes I ask myself, 'Am I really 110 years old?' because I don't feel like 110.”

Following the news of her death, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his condolences. 


Violet was the mother of six and a great-grandmother several times over. She was the last person to have lived under the reign of Queen Victoria when Jamaica was part of the British West Indies.

Queen Elizabeth II of England sent her a plaque when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.