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‘Oldest human’ dies in Indonesia aged 146

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Indonesia says deceased man was born in December 1870, although his age was never verified

A man who claimed to be the worlds longest living human has died aged 146.

According to his papers, Indonesian national Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (Grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870. He would have been 43 at the start of the first world war and turned 70 during the second world war.

The heavy smoker, who outlived four wives, died this week in his village in Central Java after being taken to hospital on 12 April with deteriorating health. He insisted on returning home to be with his family and died on Sunday.

Mbah Ghoto was not the recognised longest living human as Indonesia only started recording births in 1900. However, officials told the BBC his residency card, which has his birthdate on it, was valid based on documents and interviews with him.

His grandson Suyanto told the BBC that when he came home, he started to eat less and less.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/02/oldest-human-dies-in-indonesia-aged-146

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