Wednesday 26 July 2017

World's 'oldest' man - who claimed to be 146 - dies

Mbah Gotho
Mbah Gotho
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An Indonesian man who claimed to be the world's oldest person has died.

Mbah Gotho, from Java in Indonesia, was born on December 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his identity card - making him 146-years-old at he time of his death.

According to local reports the Mr Gotho was taken to hospital on April 12 due to deteriorating health.

However the Telegraph is reporting that he insisted on returning home to spend his remaining time with his family.

His grandson Suyanto told the BBC: “It only lasted a couple of days," he said. "From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink. He didn’t ask much. Before he died, he just wanted us, his family, to let him go.”

When previously asked the secret to a long life, Mr Gotho said: “The recipe is just patience”.

He is said to have begun preparing for his death in 1992, even having a gravestone made.

Mr Gotho has official documentation which shows his age, and the Indonesian records office says it has confirmed his birth date as December 31 1870.

However, the documents cannot be independently verified and Mr Gotho does not therefore go down in the record books.

French woman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122, thus continues to hold the official record for the oldest human to ever live.

There are a number of other people who also claim to have broken Ms Calment’s record, but whose ages have not been confirmed.

Nigerian James Olofintuyi has claimed to be 171, while Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia has claimed to be 163, but without verifiable documents they cannot be given her title.

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