The world’s alleged oldest person alive has died at age 146. Mbah Gotho, a great-great granddad from Central Java, outlived his four wives, 10 siblings and all of his children. Gotho produced documents last year showing he was born in 1870. Indonesia looked into the documents and reported that they were real and accurate.
Remarkably, the “heavy smoker’s” papers were recognised by Indonesian officials, who claimed they were valid.
If correct, he would have lived significantly longer than the verified oldest person in the world ever – Jeanne Calment.
Jeanne, from France, lived to be a staggering 122 years old.
This morning, grieving relatives and friends were pictured attending Mbah’s funeral service in his hometown of Sragen.
A portrait of the elderly man was positioned at the end of his open casket, along with a large wooden cross.
Mbah’s grandson, Suyanto, said his granddad was buried in a cemetery plot that he had purchased in the area years ago.
He told the BBC : “Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little.
“It only lasted a couple of days. From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink.”
He added that Mbah had wanted his relatives to “let him go”.
Last year, the super-senior citizen, who had been preparing for his death for over two decades, had told reporters he wanted to die.