An Indonesian man who, at 145 years old, claims to be the longest-living human in recorded history, says he is ready to die.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reports Mbah Gotho, from Sragen in central Java, was born on December 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his identity card.
The paper reports that officials at the man’s local records office have finally been able to confirm the date is genuine, making Mr Gotho an amazing 145 years old and the longest-lived human in known history.
But Mr Gotho says he has now had enough and would simply prefer to die.
“What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent,” he told Indonesian media.
Mr Gotho has outlived all of his 10 siblings, four wives, and even his children. His nearest-living relatives are grandchildren.
One of Mr Gotho’s grandsons told media he had been preparing for his death for the past 23 years and had even bought a burial site close to the graves of his children.
“The gravestone there was made in 1992. That was 24 years ago,” the grandson said.
Mr Gotho reportedly spends most of his time sitting and listening to the radio because his eyesight is too weak to watch television.
He said the secret to longevity was “patience”.
Until Mr Gotho’s birthdate is independently verified, the oldest-living human remains French woman Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122.