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'Oldest human' dies in Indonesia 'aged 146'; Officials say his Papers were Accurate

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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.

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I remember reading about a guy that wanted to buy a particular flat in Paris. He offered the 80 year old woman, the owner of the flat, a good amount of money for her place. She was a smoker and drinker. He said he would pay her the money but, she could continue living there and when she died, the flat would be his. About twenty years later, he died. The now 100 year old woman who smoked and drank had outlived him.

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I think this was her, if I recall those particulars, but it was near Arles, not Paris...



Oldest human ever, Jeanne Calment undisputed world record October 17 1995; Jeanne Calment surpasses the (since retracted) claim of Shigechiyo Izumi. In reality she had held the title of World's Oldest Ever person for ...
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(French: [ʒan lwiz kalmɑ̃]; 21 February 1875 4 August 1997) was a French supercentenarian from Arles, and the oldest human whose age was well-documented, with a lifespan of 122 years and 164 days. Her longevity attracted media attention and medical studies of her health and lifestyle.

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I don't think that was the woman. I think the woman in the story was just an ordinary old woman.

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