Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

The last subject of Queen Victoria - dies in Jamaica aged 117

The last subject of Queen Victoria - dies in Jamaica aged 117

Nabi Tajima, aged 117 and born in August 1900 is now the world's oldest verified living person.

She grew up just a few miles from where fellow famous islander Usain Bolt was later born.

The Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles - which records the ages of the world's oldest people - claims that there are now just 46 supercentenarians - people who have lived past 110 - in the world.

Declaring that "the best time is now", Brown said she was enjoying life and is not sitting around waiting to die.

When the news of her death came, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted to offer his condolences.

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Clearly longevity runs in the family as she passed away with her 97-year-old son by her side, they shared the home together.

Brown died at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St James at 2:30 p.m. She resided with her grandchildren and other family members.

She was slated to be visited by personnel from The Guinness Book of World Records.

In an exclusive interview with Loop News a year ago, Brown reflected on life growing up in post-emancipation Jamaica, as the country remained under British rule and the island's black majority remained oppressed. Brown told them it was still a little "like slavery" and was hard, but little by little Jamaica had become a good place.

Another one of her children, Russell Brown, 85, said his mother didn't look well on Saturday and was taken to a doctor who said she was dehydrated.

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