Alleged World’s Oldest Person Found in Indonesia, Aged 145
Mbah Gotho of Indonesia might be the longest living human being in recorded history, but he “just wants to die.”
Gotho was born Dec. 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his ID card, reported The Telegraph.
Officials at a local records office said they have been able to confirm that his date of birth is real. The findings have yet to be independently verified, but if they are, it would make Gotho, of Sragen in central Java, 145 years old.
But, “what I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent,” he said, according to local media outlets last week.
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According to the Telegraph, he has survived four wives, all 10 of his siblings, and all of his own children. His next of kin are only grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
In 1992, when he was 122, his grandsons said Gotho started preparing for his death. He bought a burial site close to the graves of his children. “The gravestone there was made in 1992. That was 24 years ago,” his grandson, Suryanto, said, according to Jakarta Coconuts.
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The verified oldest living person in the world is French woman Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122.
When he was questioned about his secret for a long life, he replied that “the recipe is just patience.”
His family members say that he spends most of his time listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch TV.