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A woman waves Indonesian national "Red-White" flag during a ceremony commemorating the country's Independence Day on the slope of Merapi volcano in Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Indonesia is celebrating its 69th independence from the Dutch colonial rule. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

The world's supposed oldest man died in Indonesia. He claimed to be 146 years old.


An Indonesian man who claimed to be 146 years old has died in Indonesia, reports the BBC

Despite Indonesia only keeping birth records since 1900, Mbah Ghoto is in possession of documents that say his birthday was in December 1870. Indonesian officials have told the BBC that the documents appear to be legitimate. 

Ghoto was originally checked into the hospital on April 12, but checked out six days later, insisting on returning home. 

News of Mbah Ghoto's death made its way around social media. 

"Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little," his grandson Suyanto said to the BBC.

"It only lasted a couple of days. From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink."

Suyanto said that his grandfather was buried on Monday morning in a cemetery in which he had purchased a plot several years ago. A tombstone that he had bought decades ago was finally moved from the side of his house to his final resting place. 

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