An Iranian man nicknamed the “dirtiest man in the world” for not bathing in decades has died at 94.
Irna news agency reported that “Amou Haji”, (an endearing nickname for an elderly person) died on Sunday in the village of Dejgah in the southern province of Fars.
Haji, covered in soot and living in a cinder-block shack, was reported by local media not to have bathed with water or soap in more than 60 years.
Reports stated that Haji avoided showering over fears of “getting sick.”
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However, a few months ago, villagers, who were fed up, had taken him to a bathroom and forced him to shower.
The deceased had an aversion to soap and water. He said he hated even the thought of bathing.
Haji previously said he chose his way of life after experiencing emotional setbacks in his youth and have suffered isolation since then.
As well as cleanliness, Haji also had an aversion to fresh food and drink. His favorite food was rotten porcupine, and he would choose to drink water from a rusty oil can.
Haji also liked to smoke animal faeces out of an old pipe, rather than tobacco.
He had spent most of his life in Dejgah village in the province of Fars in southern Iran.
Concerned locals built him an open brick shack to live in after seeing that he was sleeping in a hole in the ground.
A short documentary film titled “The Strange Life of Amou Haji” was made about his life in 2013, according to Iranian media outlets.
Months after being made to shower, Haji passed on at the age of 94.
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