The tribesman who was thought to be Thailand’s (and possibly the world’s) oldest man is dead. Authorities said the 119-year-old passed away at his home in the northern mountainous province of Mae Hong Sorn.
The body of Kamu Thongnamchokedee was found lying face down in his residence, according to a local official in the remote Pang Ma Pha district. Kamu′s relatives are holding a 3-day funeral in accordance with the local religious belief.
Naruemon Pannwat, the governor of Mae Hong Sorn province, said that the provincial authority had recently been in contact with Guinness World Record, to verify Kamu′s age and list him as the oldest person after Mr. Jiroemon Kimura, the former Japanese postman who previously held the record, passed away at age 116.
Kamu is believed to be older than Misao Okawa, the current record holder from Japan who is 115. Now that Kamu is dead, the verification process might never take place.
A sheriff in Pang Ma Pha district claimed that there were other elderly individuals who have lived over a century in Kamu’s village.
Two women – Nhojordor Wanawanich and Nongmeko Ratana-arayatham – are thought to be 117 and 105 respectively. Both women, like Kamu, belong to the local ethnic group of White Karen.
However, it should be noted that the age of these individuals is not yet independently verified, Khaosod reported.