Report have it; “Not long after’ taking his first bath in 60 years.”
According to local reports, an Iranian man who hadn’t bathed in more than 60 years died on Sunday at the age of 94. In his community, he was known as Amou Haji or Uncle Haji, an Iranian term of endearment for an elderly person.
He was dubbed “the world’s dirtiest man” for refusing to wash himself for six decades, fearing he would become ill if he used “soap and water,” according to Iran’s government-funded IRNA news agency, via AFP. According to the report, Haji’s primary reason for not bathing was “emotional setbacks in his youth.”
Haji, who died in the tiny Iranian town of Dejgah and was from the southern province of Fars, washed for the first time several months back, according to IRNA, via BBC.
IRNA also reported that Haji’s skin was covered in “soot and pus” after years of not bathing. He was photographed smoking several cigarettes over the years.
Haji told The Tehran Times in 2014 that his favorite food was porcupine and that he lived in a hole in the ground and a brick shack built by townspeople. Haji had no known relatives, but the townspeople were known to look after him.
According to Iranian media outlets, a documentary called “The Strange Life of Amou Haji” was made about his life in 2013.