Tuesday 20 March 2018

World's oldest man (145) just wants to die

Mbah Gotho
Mbah Gotho

Umit Bektas

An Indonesian man who claims to be the longest living human in recorded history has described how he "just wants to die".

Mbah Gotho, from Sragen in central Java, was born on December 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his identity card. Now officials at the local record office say they have been able to confirm that remarkable date as genuine.

But despite his incredible longevity, Mbah Gotho says he has little wish to remain on this earth much longer.

"What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent," he said this week.

Gotho has outlived all 10 of his siblings, four wives, and even his children. His nearest living relatives are grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

One of Gotho's grandsons said his grandfather has been preparing for his death ever since he was 122.He has even bought a burial site close to the graves of his children.

"The gravestone there was made in 1992. That was 24 years ago," said Gotho's grandson.

Members of the family said Gotho now spends most of his time sitting and listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch television. He has had to be spoon fed and bathed for the past three months as he became increasingly frail.

When asked what his secret to longevity is, Gotho replied: "The recipe is just patience."

While record office staff say they have confirmed the birth date on his identity card, he will not make it into the record books until the findings are independently verified.

The current record holder, Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 aged 122.



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