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All he wanted to do was die; man who claimed to be 146 got his wish

Jeanne Calment gestures at her nursing home in Arles, France, on Oct. 17, 1995. Calment was 122 when she died in 1997 and has been verified as the world’s longest-living human. An Indonesian man who died this week would shatter that age record by 24 years if his 1870 birthday is true.
Jeanne Calment gestures at her nursing home in Arles, France, on Oct. 17, 1995. Calment was 122 when she died in 1997 and has been verified as the world’s longest-living human. An Indonesian man who died this week would shatter that age record by 24 years if his 1870 birthday is true. Associated Press file

A very elderly Indonesian man known to be a chain smoker reportedly told media in his homeland, “What I want is to die.”

Mbah Gotho, who claimed to be the world’s longest-living human, got his wish when he died Sunday, according to several reports.

Gotho says he was born Dec. 31, 1870, which would make him 146 years old at the time of his death – shattering the record held by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who was verified to be 122 when she died on Aug. 4, 1997.

Despite an identification card showing this birthday, the legitimacy of his age has been questioned.

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