- Believed to be the world’s oldest man just wishes to die
- Indonesian Mbah Gotho was born in 1870 and is now 145 years old
- He is becoming frail and needing assistance by the day
“What I want is to die.”
These are the words of an Indonesian man aged 145 years old who is now believed to be the world’s oldest man.
Mbah Gotho, who was born on December 31, 1870, had a tombstone prepared for him in 1992. But as it turned out, more than two decades later, he’s still alive.
He has outlived his 10 siblings, four wives and even his children. And it seems living for so long is enough for him.
“What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent,” he was quoted in an RT story.
His wish is not surprising considering that he has really been very weak, needing assistance in bathing and eating. He also spends more time listening to the radio because his eyesight is at its worst state.
The Indonesian records office has confirmed the accuracy of Gotho’s birth records, but it is not yet certain that he will be written in the books as the oldest man alive.
Aside from Gotho, there are other competitors to the title of being the oldest existing person in the world.
Nigerian James Olofintuyi claims he is 171 years old while a Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopa says he is 163. Their records, however, are not independently verifiable.