At reputed 145 years old, oldest living person in Indonesia is ready to die

Mbah Gotho has outlived 10 brothers and sisters, four wives and all of his children.

At a reputed 145 years old, his closest living relatives are grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

“What I want is to die,” Gotho, who lives in Sragen, Java, told Liputan 6 in a recent interview.

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Gotho spends most of his time sitting and listening to the radio. He is hand-fed and bathed because he has become so frail.

The birth date on Gotho’s official Indonesian identification card is Dec. 31, 1870. The record staff confirms the date; however his early life records are considered unverifiable by world record standards. James Olofintuyi, 171, of Nigeria, and Dhaqabo Ebba, 163, of Ethiopia, are considered older but are also considered unverifiable.

Gotho has been preparing for death since he was 122, his grandson Suryanto said.

“The gravestone there was made in 1992,” Suryanto said.

What's Gotho's secret to long life?

“The recipe is just patience,” he said.

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