According to official media, an Iranian man known as the “dirtiest man in the world” after decades of living in squalor and not washing has passed away at the age of 94.
Amou Haji, who went more than 50 years without washing his hands, passed away on Sunday in the village of Dejgah in the southern province of Fars, according to the IRNA news agency.
According to a local official cited by the agency, the man had shunned eating fresh food and taking showers for decades out of fear of being ill.
Mr Haji had been taken to a bath by some villagers to wash himself just a few months before his death – AFP
But “for the first time a few months ago, villagers had taken him to a bathroom to wash,” IRNA reported.
“Not long after, he fell ill and finally, on Sunday… he gave up his life,” it reported.
Though Amou Hajji had never married and apparently had no family, the eccentric was viewed with some affection by local villagers, who reportedly built him a cinderblock shack so he would stop sleeping in a hole in the ground.
He became an object of curiosity in recent years, with people posting video of his strange behaviour, which included smoking up to five cigarettes at once, or smoking dung from a metal plumbing joint.
He had a strange habit of smoking up to five cigarettes at once, or smoking dung from a metal plumbing joint – AFP
Pictures showed the ascetic sitting in the dirt, his skin and rags black with filth.
Among the lore surrounding him it was claimed that he ate roadkill – preferring rotten porcupine meat – and drank five litres of water a day collected from puddles in a rusty pail.
Despite this unorthodox lifestyle, his constitution remained robust until recently, with reports earlier this year that a team of doctors from Tehran had examined him and found him to be in good health.
by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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