Mbah Gotho

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Mbah Gotho
Mbah Gotho.jpg
Born Saparman Sodimejo
Central Java, Dutch East Indies
Died (2017-04-30)30 April 2017
Sragen, Central Java, Indonesia
Nationality Indonesian
Known for Claimed oldest living person
Children 5
Parent(s) Setrodikromo, Saliyem

Saparman Sodimejo,[1][2] known more commonly as Mbah Gotho (died 30 April 2017) was an Indonesian man who unverifiably[3] claimed to be the oldest person ever recorded.

In May 2010, Solopos reported that enumerators of that year's census had recorded his age next birthday as 142,[4] which would have made him 19 years older than the official oldest recorded person, Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997.[1][2] The Liputan 6 website reported that Mbah Gotho's estimated age was 140, and that he could not remember his date of birth but claimed to remember the construction of a sugar factory built in Sragen in 1880.[5]

Longevity claim[edit]

In August 2016, after a television report on Liputan 6, numerous international media outlets reported Mbah Gotho's claim,[6][7][8][9] including photographs of his ID card (issued in 2014), which displays his claimed birth date of 31 December 1870. Although Indonesian officials at the record office confirm the birth date[10] there is no independent, third-party verification of his claimed age, which is required for the longevity claim to be recognized by record authorities such as Guinness World Records.[6][7] Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group said the claimed age was "fiction", "unbelievable" and in the same category as mythical creatures such as "Sasquatch, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster."[3] The 2010 Liputan 6 story noted others of a similar claimed age including a woman named Maemunah and known as Ambu Unah, supposedly born in 1867, in Cimanuk, Pandeglang Regency.[5][11]

Personal life[edit]

A heavy smoker throughout his life, Mbah Gotho outlived ten siblings, four wives and all five of his children.[12] On 28 April 2017, he was admitted to RSUD Hospital in Sragen and died two days later at 5:45pm local time on 30 April.[13][14][15] After his death, it was reported by Tempo magazine that he was Christian.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Taufiq Sidik Prakoso (25 August 2014). "Inilah Mbah Gotho, Manusia Tertua Asal Sragen yang Kini Berusia 144 Tahun" [Mbah Gotho from Sragen, Oldest Human Now Aged 144 Years]. Solopos (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Abrori, Fajar (24 August 2016). "Kini Berusia 146 Tahun, Apa Rahasia Panjang Umur Mbah Gotho?" [Now 146 years old, what are Mbah Gotho's secrets of longevity?]. Liputan 6 (in Indonesian). Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "145-year-old Indonesian man's age doubted by expert". The Nation. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sodimejo, Manusia tertua di Sragen" [Sodimejo, the oldest man in Sragen]. Solopos (in Indonesian). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Kakek Berusia 140 Tahun Juga Ada di Sragen" [The 140-year-old grandfather in Sragen]. Liputan 6 (in Indonesian). 24 May 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "'Longest living human' says he is ready for death at 145". The Telegraph. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Piggott, Mark (27 August 2016). "145-year-old Mbah Gotho from Indonesia says he can't wait to die". International Business Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Cain, Kathryn (26 August 2016). "Indonesian man who claims to be world's oldest person aged 145 says he can no longer stand living… and even bought his own gravestone 20 years ago". The Sun. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Connor, Laura (26 August 2016). "Newly discovered 'world's oldest man' is 145-years-old but says he's ready to die". Metro. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Knopf, Ehsan (28 August 2016). "Indonesian man claims to be world's oldest person at 145". Nine News. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Kakek Karnita 140 Tahun, Nenek Unah 143 Tahun" [140-year-old grandfather Karnita, 143-year-old grandmother Unah]. Manado Post (in Indonesian). 19 May 2010. pp. 1, 11. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "'Oldest human' dies in Indonesia 'aged 146'". BBC News. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Indonesia's oldest man dies at 146". Channel NewsAsia. Bernama. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Mbah Gotho Manusia Berusia 146 Tahun Asal Sragen Meninggal Dunia" [Mbah Gotho, 146-year-old of Sragen, dies]. DetikCom (in Indonesian). 30 April 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "'World's oldest man' dies in Indonesia aged 146: Reports". The Straits Times. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  16. ^ Dinda Leo Listy (1 May 2017). "Doa Umat Islam dan Kristen untuk Arwah Mbah Gotho" [Muslim and Christian prayers for the deceased Mbah Gotho]. Tempo (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017.