Indonesian man who claimed to be 146-years-old dies


An Indonesian man who claimed the be world's oldest person has died at 146. At least, that's how old he claimed he was when he was alive.

Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870, according to his papers.

But Indonesia started recording births in 1900, and there have been many mistakes with other birth records.

Officials told the BBC that Sodimedjo's papers were valid and correct. He was taken to the hospital on April 12th because of his poor health. 

Six days later he returned home, but was only able to eat spoonfuls of porridge and drink little amounts of liquid.

That only lasted a few days. After that, he refused to eat and drink right up to his death.

When the BBC interviewed him last year, he told them the secret to his long life was patience and having the people he loved look after him.

He was a heavy smoker his whole life and he outlived his 4 wives, 10 siblings, and all of his children.

According to his grandson, he was ready to die:

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

Read more at the BBC.


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