His official date of birth was on December 31, 1870.
Mbah Gotho, from Enrage in central Java in Indonesia, is now 145 years old—and he’s only wish is to die peacefully.
Mr Gotho has outlived all 10 of his siblings, four wives, and even his children. His nearest living relatives are grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. In the recent months, he has grown terribly weak, and has to be spoon-fed and bathed by his relatives. His eyesight has become so poor that he could no longer watch television, and would constantly listen to the radio instead.
When asked what his secret to longevity is, Mr Goth 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.
This is Mbah Gotho’s identity card, showing his date of birth as December 31, 1870. He is registered under his official name, Sometime; like many Indonesians he was only given one.
The current record holder, French woman Jeanne Calmest, died in 1997 at the age of 122.