According to the date of birth on his identity card, he was born on December 31, 1870. The Telegraph, UK, reported that officials at Indonesia’s local record have confirmed his birth date as genuine.
At present, he lives with his grandchildren and two generations after. Members of the family said Gotho now spends most of his time sitting and listening to the radio because his eyesight is too poor to watch television. He has had to be spoon-fed and bathed for the past three months as he has become increasingly frail.
“What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent,” he told local media. He brought a burial site close to the graves of his children.
“The recipe is just patience,” he said.
Gotho is still to make it into the record books. The current record holder, French woman Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122.