According to his papers, Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870. Indonesia only started recording births in 1900 - and there have been mistakes before. Yet officials told the BBC his papers were valid, based on documents he provided and interviews with him.
When asked about the secret of his longevity, Mbah Ghoto told the BBC last year that patience was key and that he had 'a long life because I have people that love me looking after me'. A heavy smoker until the end, he outlived four wives, 10 siblings and all his children.
In his village, he was a local hero famous for telling great stories about the wars against Japan and the Dutch colonisers.
If independently verified, his age would make Grandpa Ghoto older than French centenarian Jeanne Calment, who was 122 when she died, and is considered the longest living human in recorded history.