Time to die

Mbah Gotho, from Sragen in central Java, was born on 31 December 1870, according to the date of birth on his authenticated identity card.

Which, if true, would make him 145 years old, the longest living human in recorded history.

It’s enough, he says: “What I want is to die.”

Gotho has outlived all 10 of his siblings, four wives, and his children. His nearest living relatives are grand children, great grand children, and great-great grandchildren.

He has been preparing for his death ever since he was 122, and now spends most of his time sitting and listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch TV.

According to Gotho the secret of longevity is: “just patience.”


Picture source: Tribalninja via Wikimedia Commons