Photo: BBC

The World’s Oldest Human Ever Just Died in Indonesia at 146

by Eben Diskin May 9, 2019

The world’s oldest man has just died at the ripe old age of 146. According to his papers, Sodimedjo — also known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto) — was born in Indonesia in 1870, though the country has only officially recorded births since 1900, so there is some speculation as to whether or not his documents are valid. Officials told the BBC, however, that based on interviews and supporting documents, the claim holds up, making him the oldest man alive — until Monday, when he died in his village in Central Java, Indonesia.

Sodimedjo was famous in his village for telling stories about the wars against Japan and the Dutch colonizers, and he outlived four wives, 10 siblings, and all his children. Last year, he told the BBC that the secret to his long life was having people around him who love him.

On April 12, Sodimedjo was taken to the hospital due to his failing health though he insisted on returning home six days later. His grandson Suyanto 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.”

At 146 years old, Sodimedjo is the longest living person in recorded human history.


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