Joao Coelho de Souza caused a stir after his photos and a birth certificate were published by social security workers from Acre in Brazil. According to the official documents, Joao was born in the city of Meruoca in Ceara 131 years ago! Moreover, the man has a wife 69 years younger than him and three children. The discovery came to light thanks to Kennedy Afonso, a local civil servant, who shared photos of documents on his Facebook page and appealed to the state government to register Joao for the Guinness Book of Records.
Joao lives with his 62-year-old wife and a 16-year-old granddaughter in a village Estirao do Alcantara. Although he suffered a stroke six years ago, he is still sane and rather healthy.
Commenting on the doubts about her father’s age, his daughter Cirlene Souza, 30, said: “You hear everything: People that criticise and say it’s a lie and others that admire the fact someone can live so long. It sometimes offends me because everything is documented and the documents have already been examined by experts to see if they’d been falsified and nothing abnormal was found. 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.”
|Joao Coelho de Souza’s birth certificate dated March 10, 1884|
|Mr de Souza’s social security documents|