An Iranian man, Amou Haji, nicknamed ‘dirtiest man in the world’ for not taking a shower for 60 years has died at the age of 94.
Haji, who did not wash for more than half a century and was single, died on Sunday, 23rd October, 2022, in the village of Dejgah in the southern province of Fars, Iran, according to Iranian reporters.
He did not shower for around 67 years and claimed he did it because he feared it would bring him back luck and make him sick.
According to local news reports, the villagers had taken Haji to a bathroom to wash just months before he passed away.
Iran news reporters wrote: “Not long after, he fell ill and finally, on Sunday… he gave up his life”.
Haji was pictured covered in dirt and soot, and allegedly had an aversion to soap and water. It’s claimed he even hated the thought of bathing.
Not only did Haji not want to bathe, but he also would not eat fresh fruit or drink and lived off rotten porcupines and up to five liters a day of water drank from a rusty oil can. Rather than tobacco, he would smoke dried animal feces in a pipe.
Locals who were concerned about his welfare built him a brick shack to shelter in, and convinced him to shower a few months before he died after learning he was lonely due to a lack of friends.
They were amazed to find that he had no bacterial or parasite infections apart from Trichinosis, which comes from eating raw meat and for which Haji suffered no symptoms.
Doctors concluded that he must have built up an extremely strong immune system after years of living in such poor conditions.
A short documentary film titled “The Strange Life of Amou Haji” was made about his life in 2013, according to Iranian reporters.
Story: Ralia Adama