- An Indonesian man thought to be the world's oldest human has died
- Saparman Sodimejo had papers showing he was born in 1870
- However, his age couldn't be verified because Indonesia started recording births in 1900
An Indonesian man who claimed to be the world's oldest human has died.
Saparman Sodimejo, popularly known as Mbah Gotho, had papers that showed he was born in December 1870. This would have made him the longest living human ever.
However, his claim could not be independently verified because Indonesia only started recording births in 1900.
Local reports indicate that he was taken to hospital on April 12 due to deteriorating health. However, he insisted on being discharged after six days in hospital and passed away soon afterwards.
In an interview with the BBC, his grandson Suryanto said: "Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little. It only lasted a couple of days. From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink."
Suryanto said Sodimedjo was buried on Monday, April 1 at a local cemetery. He added: "He didn't ask much. Before he died, he just wanted us, his family, to let him go."
Sodimedjo outlived all his children, his four wives and 10 siblings. Had his claim been verified, he would have been older than Jeanne Calment of France, who was considered the longest living human ever when she died aged 122.
See his burial pictures below:
Watch more about him in the video below.
Watch video of vulcaniser presumed to be dead in Ile-Ife crisis says he's alive below: