The elderly Brazilian, Joao Coelho de Souza, who still scoffs three round meals a day, lives with his wife, a woman 69 years his junior.
The Brazilian, whose birth certificate claims was born way back in 1884, has a 30-year-old daughter he reportedly fathered at 100. Civil servants visited Joao to check he was still alive and eligible for his pension. A friend then posted the astonishing info on Facebook to urge the government to submit 131-year-old Joao’s details to the Guinness Book of Records. More after the cut…
Currently, the world’s oldest living person is Japanese Yasutaro Kolde, 112, while Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment was the oldest ever, after dying at the age of 122 in 1997. Joao, from Acre, northern Brazil, was reportedly born on March 10, 1884. Back then, Queen Victoria was on the throne of Britain, still with 17 years left to rule, William Gladstone was in Number 10, and Liverpool Football Club did not even exist.
Brazilian media said he lived with a wife aged 62 and a granddaughter aged 16 in a village called Estirao do Alcantara. Daughter Cirlene Souza, 30, who was born with Joao aged 101 if his age is right,
She said: “He has days when he is lucid but others when he doesn’t even recognise his children. “He was very small when he came to work in Acre extracting rubber. “He has been with my mum for more than 40 years and depends on others for everything.”
Responding to doubts about her dad’s age, she added: “You hear everything, people that criticise and say it’s a lie and others that admire the fact someone can live so long. “It’s sometimes offends me because everything is documented and the documents have already been examined by experts at to see if they’d been falsified and nothing abnormal was found.”
Cirlene said Joao suffered a stroke six years ago but continues to eat three times a day. His favourite dishes are rice, fish and meat and the only thing he turns his nose up at is a local bean-based dish called feijao.
Kennedy Afonso, who posted photos of Joao and his birth certificate taken on Facebook, said: “I’ve asked one of his children if anyone’s interviewed him and to my astonishment no-one has yet. “The question ‘Where Are Our Historians’ immediately springs to mind. “According to a son he is still quite lucid and has a great story to tell. “I present to you Jose Coelho de Souza, who came to Acre when he was 11. “I appeal to the state government and the local government in Sena Madureira to determine with the competent bodies whether this is true so they can claim a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the oldest man on the earth. And he’s from our region.”