The oldest person in the world, and the last living subject of Queen Victoria, Violet Mosse-Brown, has died in Jamaica aged 117.
- Aged 117, Violet Mosse-Brown was the world's oldest person and the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica
- Ms Mosse-Brown said "the secret to long life is hard work"
- Japanese woman Nabi Tajima, aged 117, is now the world's oldest verified living person.
At 117 years and 38 days of age, Violet Mosse-Brown was believed to have become the world's oldest living person following the death of Emma Morano of Italy in April.
"This is what God has given me, so I have to take it — long life," Ms Mosse-Brown said in an April interview in her home in the town of Duanvale in western Jamaica.
Documents state that Ms Brown was born on March 10, 1900.
Ms Mosse-Brown said she spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home and she attended church regularly.
After celebrating her 110th birthday, Ms Mosse-Brown told a local paper: "Really and truly, when people ask me what [to] eat and drink to live so long, I say to them I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don't drink rum and them things."
Ms Mosse-Brown had two caregivers and spent most of her days resting in the home she shared with her 97-year-old son.
The secret to long life is hard work, she said.
"I was a cane farmer. I would do every work myself. I worked, me and my husband, over that hill," Ms Mosse-Brown said.
She also credited her Christian faith for her long life.
"I've done nearly everything at the church. I spent all my time in the church. I like to sing. I spent all my time in the church from a child to right up [to today]."
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation to Ms Mosse-Brown after she became the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica.
He also tweeted his condolences following her death.
Queen Elizabeth II sent Ms Mosse-Brown a plaque to commemorate her longevity when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.
Japanese woman becomes world's oldest person
Nabi Tajima, aged 117 and born in August 1900 is now the world's oldest verified living person.
She lives in the small town of Kikai in the Kagoshima Prefecture in south-western Japan.
As of 2016, Japan was home to over 65,000 centenarians according to its Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Ms Tajima told the Japan Times, the key to longevity is "eating delicious things".
These included ramen noodles and beef stew, as well as hashed beef and rice mackerel sushi.
"Eat and sleep and you will live a long time," she said, adding: "You have to learn to relax."