Experts believe they have found a new world’s oldest man after documents emerged that appear to show Mbah Gotho to be 145 years old.
The record-breaking Indonesian would easily be the world’s oldest person ever – breezing past previous holder Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122.
Mr Gotho is said to have been born on 31 December 1870 – 31 years before the death of Queen Victoria.
If the documents, which are recognised by Indonesian authorities, are true, he would have already been 43-years-old when the First World War began on 28 July 1914.
He has outlived four wives and all 10 of his children and now has grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
But Mr Gotho has said he is ready to die after reaching such an unbelievable age.
“What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent.”And one of his grandsons, Suryanto, says that his grandfather first starting making preparations for the fateful day when he was 122 years old.
His documents have not yet been independently verified – meaning he is not officially the world’s oldest person.