The oldest man of world found in Indonesia at the age of 145

Indonesia: Mbah Gotho – a 145-year-old Indonesian man might just become the oldest man of the world with his documentation suggesting that he was born in the year 1870.

Pic shows: The old man - Mbah Gotho, 145. An Indonesian man who has emerged from obscurity to be named the world's oldest at an incredible 145 years has told the media that he is ready to die now. According to documentation recognised by Indonesian officials, Mbah Gotho is 145 and was born on 31st December 1870. He has not surprisingly 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, and now he is survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. If correct, that makes him significantly older than the verified oldest person in the world ever, a title that belongs to French woman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122. The super senior citizen from Sragen, Central Java, was recently interviewed by Liputan 6, and he said he has been through it all and would not mind passing on. "What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent," he told Liputan 6 on Tuesday. Suryanto, Mbah Gotho’s grandson, said his grandfather has been preparing for his death ever since he was 122, but it never seemed to come. He said: "The gravestone there was made in 1992. That was 24 years ago." In addition, Suryanto said Mbah Gotho’s family has already prepared a gravesite for him - near his children’s graves. Staff at the Indonesian records office have confirmed Mbah Gotho’s birthdate, which is specified on his Indonesian ID card as 31st December 1870. Whether or not he will ever be listed as the world's oldest man however is open to question, as the paperwork has so far not been independently verified. If so he will join to others without verifiable records who are purportedly older than Mbah Gotho - 171-year-old James Olofintuyi from Nigeria and 163-year-old Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia. These days, his grandchildren say Mbah Gotho mostly sits listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch television. For the past three months, he has had to

According to a report in The Independent that the age of Gotho is twice the average life expectancy of Indonesians. The average life expectancy of Indonesians stands at 70 years. While Gotho from Sragen in Central Java can be a contender for the oldest person of the world, the record was last held by a French woman Jeanne Calment. Jeanne Calmetn died at the age of 122 in August 1997.

The Indonesian records office has confirmed the birht date of Mbah Gotho as 31st December , 1870. He has been quoted saying that the secret to long life is patience.

Mbah Gotho, while speaking to a regional news channel, also said that I want to die now. He is unable to take care of himself and needs to be bathed and spoon-fed. One of the relatives of Gotho said that Gotho has been preparing for his death since 1992. Mbah Gotho has also bought a burial site for himself over 24 years ago.


According to a report of Telegraph that All his 10 siblings, four wives and children are long dead. His closest relatives are his grand-children, great grand children and great-great grand children. He spends his time listening to radio because his bad eyesight does not allow him to watch television.

The world oldest man – Mbah Gotho already has a Wikipedia page by his name that cites various news articles on his age. The only thing that keeps him from the title of the oldest person of the world is an independent verification of his documents.

The centenarian from Indonesia is not the first contender to claim the record of Jeanne Calment. In the past, Ethiopian Dhaqabo Ebba – 163 years old and Nigerian James Olofintuyi – 171 years old had claimed to be the oldest person of the world. But, due to absence of age verification, they could not be given the title of world’s oldest person.