Newly Discovered ‘World’s Oldest Man’ Aged 145 Says He Wants To Die
The world’s oldest man has been named as an Indonesian who is believed to be a staggering 145-years-old – but who wants to die.
Mbah Gotho has emerged after documentation recognised by Indonesian officials revealing he was born on December 31, 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, and now he is survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
“What I want is to die,” he said. “My grandchildren are all independent.”
Suryanto, Mbah’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.
His paperwork has so far not been independently verified.If so he will join to others without verifiable records who are purportedly older than Mbah – 171-year-old James Olofintuyi from Nigeria and 163-year-old Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia.
These days, his grandchildren say Mbah mostly sits listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch television .
For the past three months, he has had to be spoon-fed and bathed as he has become increasingly frail.
When asked what his secret to longevity is, Mbah replied: “The recipe is just patience.”
Culled: Daily Mirror