Posted by: Cindy Tolan
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 finally been able to confirm that remarkable date as genuine. If independently confirmed, the findings would make Mr. Gotho a staggering 145 years old – and the longest lived human in recorded history.
But despite his incredible longevity, Mr. Gotho says he has little wish to remain on this earth much longer. Mr. Gotho has outlived all 10 of his siblings, four wives, and even his children. His nearest living relatives are grandchildren, great grand-children, and great-great grandchildren. One of Mr. 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,” Mr. Gotho’s grandson said.
Members of the family said Mr. 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 has become increasingly frail.
When asked what his secret to longevity is, Mr. 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, French woman Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122.
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