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.
Russell, 85, said his mother didn’t look well on Saturday and was taken to a doctor who said she was dehydrated.
The last days of her life were fraught with tension as Brown was caught in the middle of a dispute among members of her family.
One group claimed that she was not getting the best care and allegedly took her away from her home. Other panicked family members had no idea where she was. They worried that she would miss a scheduled appointment with officials from The Guinness Book of World Records.
Just days after she was named world’s oldest person in April, her son, Harold Fairweather died at age 97.
Brown’s achievement made her a local celebrity. She had visits from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Dr. Devon Dick, president of Jamaica Baptist Union.Dr. Devon Dick, president of Jamaica Baptist Union.