Her son, 85-year-old Barry Russell, told The Jamaica Gleaner that his mother was unwell on Saturday last week and visited the doctor, who said the elderly lady was suffering from dehydration and had an irregular heartbeat.
A family member said: “I came to look for her this afternoon and was told that she passed”.
Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900, became the world’s senior senior citizen in April following the death of previous record-holder Emma Morano, who also was 117 at the time of her demise.
And she is also the last living subject of Queen Victoria, having been born one year before the monarch died when Jamaica was still part of the empire. Some family members had removed her from her home in Duanvale, Trelawny with other relatives not knowing where she was.
She was slated to be visited by personnel from The Guinness Book of World Records.
Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown, who was the world’s oldest person, died on Friday.
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.
Mosse-Brown’s name is in the top five of the oldest people in the history of the world.