The world's oldest man, Mbah Gotho, aged 145.
The world's oldest man, Mbah Gotho, aged 145.

Patient man of 145 wants to go

THE world's oldest man has been named as Indonesian Mbah Gotho, who is 145 years old, with documentation that says he was born in 1870.

Mr Gotho said he began preparing for his death in 1992, even having a gravestone made, but 24 years later he is still alive.

He has now outlived all 10 of his siblings, his four wives and his children.

Though his age is impressive, Mr Gotho told a regional news network: "What I want is to die.”

For the past three months he has needed to bathed and spoon-fed, and is becoming increasingly frail.

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.

This should earn him the title of the oldest person ever, a title held by French woman Jeanne Calment, who lived to 122 - 23 years younger than Mr Gotho.

There are a number of people who claim to have broken Ms Calment's record, such as Nigerian James Olofintuyi, who claims to be 171, and Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia, who claims to be 163, but without verifiable documents they cannot be given her title.

Mr Gotho is from Central Java and says he spends his time listening to the radio because his eyesight is not good enough to watch TV.

When asked the secret to a long life, he said: "The recipe is just patience”.

INM



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