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Joao Coelho de Souza
Joao Coelho de Souza
Birth: 10 March 1884?
Ceara, Brazil
Death: 24 August 2017
Acre, Brazil
Age: 133 years, 167 days?
Country: BrazilBRA
Longevity myth

Joao Coelho de Souza (10 March 1884? – 24 August 2017) was a Brazilian longevity myth that was first reported on in 2012 aged "128".


Coelho lives with his wife who is 69 years younger than Joao's claimed age. He had a daughter aged 30, which meant that if his age were right, he would have fathered her aged 101! He also had a 16-year-old granddaughter.

Coelho suffered a stroke six years ago, but continued to eat three meals a day, his favorite dishes being rice, fish and meat. He died on 24 August 2017 at the claimed age of 133.

Age Issues

He claimed to have a birth certificate dated 10 March 1884, but this has not yet been proven to be his by an international authority on age validation, such as the Gerontology Research Group. If this was right and he really was born then, he would have been 133 years old. However, this is extremely unlikely, as his age is far beyond the proven oldest age documented by modern systems of age validation, Jeanne Calment reached 122 years, 164 days in 1997.