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The very last American born in the 19th century has died in Brooklyn at the age of 116.

Her name was Susannah Mushatt Jones, and before her death she was the oldest person on the planet.

Jones was born on an Alabama farm in July 1899 and was one of 11 children. Her grandparents were slaves.

She moved to New York to work as a nanny and there she helped launch a scholarship fund for young African-American women.

Jones claimed that lots of sleep and no smoking or drinking were the main reasons she lived to such an incredible age.

But she also admitted to Time last year that she ate four strips of bacon with scrambled eggs every day.

With her passing, the title of world's oldest living person goes to Emma Morano, in Italy.


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