State media reports that Amou Haji, an Iranian hermit known as the “World’s Dirtiest Man,” passed away at the age of 94.
After suffering from an emotional setback in his early years, Haji’s leathery skin had not been washed by soap and water for more than six decades; he decided to live alone as was claimed by Locals from the village of Dejgah in the southern province of Fars.
In regards to Haji’s lifestyle he believes that cleanliness would make him sick, it was noted in his previous stories that he would eat road kill and smoke a pipe filled with animal feces, and his favorite food was the rotten meat of dead animals, particularly porcupines. He reportedly lived alone in a soot-covered shack made of cinder blocks.
According to The Telegraph, residents said that Haji drank five liters (1.5 gallons) of water per day from puddles.
In a report by Iran’s national news agency IRNA, villagers encouraged Haji to wash for the first time a few months before his death.
In 2013, a short documentary film called “The Strange Life of Amou Haji” was made about his life.
A team of doctors led by Dr. Gholamreza Molavi, a professor at the Tehran School of Public Health, conducted a battery of tests on Haji earlier this year, in an Iran state report. Other than Trichinosis, which is caused by eating raw meat, the doctor was surprised to discover that Haji had no bacteria or parasites, the Daily Mail reported.
Haji’s ability to stay healthy was due to a robust immune system resulting from living in difficult conditions, It was speculated by Molavi.
The Hindustan Times published an anecdote of a guy who went decades without taking a bath in 2009. Kailash “Kalau” Singh of Varanasi, India, had not taken a bath in more than 30 years, according to the publication.
World dirtiest man, Amou Haji has died in Iran at age 94.
An Iranian man nicknamed the “dirtiest man in the world” for not taking a shower for decades has died at the age of 94.
Amou believes that he has survived for so long by keeping himself dirty. pic.twitter.com/dY8LFXYGU3
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Sources: Dailywire, Theguardian, Usatoday