The World's Oldest Man Dies In Indonesia 'Aged 146'

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A man who was heralded as being the world’s longest living human has died at a claimed age of 146.

According to his papers, Indonesian national Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (Grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870. He would have been 43 at the start of the first world war and turned 70 during the second world war.

The heavy smoker, who outlived four wives, died this week in his village in Central Java after being taken to hospital on April 12th with deteriorating health.

He insisted on returning home to be with his family and died on Sunday.

"Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little," his grandson Suyanto told the BBC.

"It only lasted a couple of days. From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink."

When asked about the secret of his longevity, Mbah Ghoto said last year that patience was key and that he had "a long life because I have people that love me looking after me."

A heavy smoker until the end, he outlived four wives, 10 siblings, and all of his children.

In his village, he was a local hero famous for telling great stories about the wars against Japan and the Dutch colonizers.

Grandson Suryanto said his grandfather was buried on Monday morning in a local cemetery plot he bought several years ago.

A tombstone that had sat beside his house for many years was placed above the grave.

"He didn't ask much. Before he died, he just wanted us, his family, to let him go," his grandson said.

“Life is only a matter of accepting your destiny wholeheartedly. I have wanted to die for a long time,” he told the Jakarta Post last year.

If independently verified, his age would make Grandpa Ghoto older than French centenarian Jeanne Calment, who was 122 when she died and is considered the longest living human in recorded history.

Since Indonesia did not begin recording births until 1900, there’s no definitive way to substantiate claims made by Sodimedjo’s family. Yet officials claim his papers were valid, based on documents he provided and interviews with him.

The world’s oldest person alive today is Violet Brown, an 117-year-old Jamaican woman, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

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