Son of world's oldest woman dies at 97 at home in Jamaica video

The son of a woman believed to be the oldest person in the world died at their home Wednesday (local time) in Jamaica at the ripe old age of 97.

Harold Fairweather, who had recently been ill but had seemed to recover, awoke saying he felt dizzy and then deteriorated over the course of the morning, said Elaine McGrowder, one of two family caretakers who were at the home at the time.

"He had been unwell for some time but we didn't expect him to go like this,'' McGrowder said.

The late Emma Morano is believed to be the last person born in the 1800s.
ALESSANDRO GAROFALO

The late Emma Morano is believed to be the last person born in the 1800s.

Fairweather lived with his 117-year-old mother, Violet Brown, in the rural northwestern Jamaican community of Duanvale.

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He was born and raised there but spent much of his life in Britain, the caretaker said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "He was a beautiful man - very, very special,'' she said.

Brown is considered to be the oldest person in the world with credible birth documentation, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a network of volunteer researchers into the world's oldest people.

Guinness World Records, considered to be the official arbiter of the oldest person, said it was still researching a number of candidates for the new world's oldest person title following the death of 117-year-old Emma Morano of Italy.

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 - AP

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