The title of world's oldest man reportedly needs to be re-awarded to Indonesian Mbah Gotho, who is 145 years old, with documentation recognized by local officials that says he was born New Year's Eve 1870.
He has outlived all 10 of his siblings as well as his four wives, the last of whom died in 1988. All of his children have also died. His grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren are all independent.
Having lived for nearly a century and a half, Gotho says he is ready to die.
Over the past three months his declining health had left him unable to wash or eat independently. One of his relatives said that Gotho has been preparing for his death since 1992. He bought a burial site for himself over 24 years ago.
When asked the secret to a long life, Gotho said, “The recipe is just patience.”
Staff at the Indonesian records office have confirmed Gotho’s birth date, which is specified on his Indonesian ID card as December 31, 1870, making him the oldest human being alive — and 23 years older than current title-holder, 122-year-old Jeanne Calment of France.
There is a chance that he might never be listed as the world’s oldest man because the documents have not yet been independently verified.
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