The new ‘oldest living person in world’ is a Jamaican who was born just miles from the birthplace of the fastest man on planet, Usain Bolt.
Violet Brown who is 117 years and 36 days old takes over the title from fellow supercentenarian Emma Morano who has died aged 117 years and 137 days.
She is the first ever verified supercentenarian from Jamaica and the oldest verified Jamaican person ever.
Mrs Brown was born on March 10, 1900 when Jamaica was a part of the British Empire, making her the last living former subject of Queen Victoria who died in January 1901.
Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records , Mrs Brown who still lives in the same house in where she was born told the Jamaica Observer in an interview last year: “I live by the grace of God and I am proud of my age!”
It also reported last May that her 96-year-old son, Harold Fairweather, is widely believed to be the oldest person with a living parent.