“What I Want Is To Die” – Man Who Claims To Be The World’s Oldest Living Person Aged 145.
Suryanto, Mbah Gotho’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.” In addition, Suryanto said Mbah Gotho’s family has already prepared a grave site for him – near his children’s graves. Staff at the Indonesian records office have confirmed Mbah Gotho’s birth date, which is specified on his Indonesian ID card as December 31, 1870. Whether or not he will ever be listed as the world’s oldest man however is open to question, as the paperwork has so far not been independently verified. If so he will join others without verifiable records who are believed to be older than Mbah Gotho – 171-year-old James Olofintuyi from Nigeria and 163-year-old Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia. These days, his grandchildren say Mbah Gotho mostly sits listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch TV. For the past three months, he has had to be spoon-fed and bathed as he has become more frail. When asked what his secret to longevity is, Mbah Gotho replied: “The recipe is just patience.”