World’s Verifiable Oldest Living Person, Violet Brown, Dies At 117

Violet Brown, the world’s verifiable oldest living person passed on at the age of 117 and 189 days on 15 September 2017.

Mrs. Brown was born to the family of 4 children. Her father, John Mosse was a sugar boiler, and her mother was Elizabeth Riley.

After series of uncertainty, her birth date was concluded to be on 10 March 1900. It is a common problem for very old people who especially grew up in a less-learned environment.

Her date of birth have consecutively been reported as 4 March 1900, 10 March 1900, and 15 March 1900. But in 2014, it was officially recognized as 10 March 1900 by the Gerontology Research Group.


Violet Brown was a mother of 6; 4 of whom are still alive. She was married to Augustus Gaynor Brown. Together they had a daughter. At the death of her husband in 1978, it is not clear if she remarried.

Her first child, Harland Fairweather died on 19 April 2017, at the age of 97 years and 4 days. This made him the oldest person in the world with a living parent.

Besides being the world’s oldest person, the super-centenarian, Brown is recorded to be the last living subject of Queen Victoria. Brown spent much of her life cutting sugar cane near her home in the Duanvale district in western Jamaica.

According to Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records,

“As a child of 1900, Violet was born before the advent of zeppelins, vacuum cleaners and Nobel Prizes, and the world population was a quarter of what it is now.”

In his Facebook post, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness expressed his condolences to the family of Violet Brown while acknowledging her as a source of inspiration.

Violet Brown

Brown happens to be the first verified super-centenarian from Jamaica. She was born 67 years before Jamaica was founded. Back then the nation was still part of the British Empire.

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II wrote her a letter to celebrate her 115th birthday.

The previous oldest living person, Emma Morano, passed away earlier in the year. She died on 15 April at the age of 117 years and 137 days.

Having lived a total of 122 years and 164 days, French Jeanne Calment remains the world’s oldest verified person to have lived.

According to the list of living super-centenarians maintained by the Gerontology Research Group, the death of Violent Brown has given way for Japanese Nabi Tajima to hold the title of the world’s oldest living person at the age of 117 years and 46 days.

It is also possible that the world may have super-centenarians who have lived longer than the provisional Guinness record.

At the moment there is no current record holder for oldest living male person. Thus, Guinness World Records is consulting experts to verify potential successors for both the male and female titles.

When queried on her secret of longevity, Violet Brown said this:

“Really and truly, when people ask what I 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 dem tings.”

Violet Brown died of dehydration and irregular heartbeat at a hospital in Montego Bay, Saint James Parish.


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