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'Oldest man' dies at an alleged age of 146


Posted on Tuesday, 2 May, 2017 | Comment icon 13 comments

Sodimedjo would have been 70 during the Second World War. Image Credit: sxc.hu
According to reports, Indonesian national Sodimedjo was born in 1870, making him 146 when he died.
The supercentenarian, who was known as Mbah Ghoto (Grandpa Ghoto) to his family, outlived four wives before eventually sucumbing to old age at his home in Central Java on Sunday.

Unfortunately his claim to fame as the world's oldest human being cannot be verified because Indonesia only started keeping official birth records in 1900. According to officials however, his residency card, which includes his date of birth, is thought to be valid.


If his birthdate of 1870 is true then it would mean that he was 43 at the start of World War I.

According to his family ( he had 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren ), Mbah Ghoto died following a short illness.

"Life is only a matter of accepting your destiny wholeheartedly," he said last year.

"I have wanted to die for a long time."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (13)

Tags: Old Age, Lifespan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Why not on 2 May, 2017, 10:01
If true that is amazing. The progression of invention and modernization he would have experienced through out his life time would be incredible.
Comment icon #5 Posted by jarjarbinks on 2 May, 2017, 11:29
Didnt know they put the dead in a chair instead of a coffin in Indonesia
Comment icon #6 Posted by MysteryMike on 2 May, 2017, 15:37
Unless verified and confirmed, I find this very skeptical.
Comment icon #7 Posted by seanjo on 2 May, 2017, 20:57
Maybe they could take a bone core sample and count the rings! I remain sceptical...
Comment icon #8 Posted by F3SS on 4 May, 2017, 3:35
A heavy smoker until the end it says. Shoot he could've lived to be 250 if he didn't smoke.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Michelle on 4 May, 2017, 3:49
I can't tell you how many times I've heard "smokin'will kill ya" at funerals,when the personlived wellinto their80's and 90's. Only the good die young, too.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Myles on 4 May, 2017, 13:11
I'm not buying it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by coolguy on 6 May, 2017, 3:17
It would be real cool if it was true, but no way he lived this long.unless his diet was super clean no junk food and fatty food i wont see 50 lol
Comment icon #12 Posted by Captain Risky on 6 May, 2017, 4:33
...it was his dying wish.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 9 May, 2017, 6:13
Seems legit....not. It's like those persons from former USSR (Georgians etc) who were claimed to be 150...ish No evidence, because birth dates for persons where not registered until a long time after their, supposed, birth.


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