swore to the end that the secret of a long life was a diet of two raw eggs a day.
And Dr Carlo Bava
, who announced the death, said that Ms Morano’s carer had called him to say she had died today while sitting in an armchair at her home in Verbania, a town on Italy’s Lake Maggiore.
Doctor said he had last seen Ms Morano, who was just 12-years-old when the Titanic sank, on Friday when ‘she thanked me and held my hand’, as she did every time he called on her.
While she had been spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had still eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said. Dr Bava, who also lives in Verbania, had been her doctor for nearly a quarter of a century.
Emma Morano, born on November 29 1899, had been living in a one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her carer and two elderly nieces.
Dr Bava said: ‘She didn’t suffer. I’m happy she didn’t suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly.’
He said she had been her usual chatterbox self until a few weeks ago. ‘She was slowly fading away,’ he said.
Ms Morano lost a son to cot death when he was six months old and left her husband in the first half of the last century after he beat her.
She ‘abandoned the husband in the fascist era, when women were supposed to be very submissive’, Dr Bava said in a 2015 interview.
‘She was always very decisive.’ She went on to support herself by working in a factory making jute bags, then at a hotel, working way beyond the usual retirement age.
She also defied health advice, Dr Bava said on Saturday.
Some doctors had warned her against eating three eggs daily, which she did for years, but she ignored their advice.