“World’s dirtiest man” dies in Iran at healthy age of 94

Amou Haji died on October 23 at the healthy old age of 94; photo / AFP via Getty Images.

MSN says that as reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “Amou Haji”, an endearing nickname for an elderly person, died on Sunday in the village of Dejgah in the southern province of Fars.

An Iranian hermit nicknamed the “world’s dirtiest man” for not taking a shower for more than half a century has died at the healthy old age of 94, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

IRNA reportedly says “Amou Haji”, an endearing nickname for an elderly person, died on October 23 in the village of Dejgah in the southern province of Fars.

Amou Haji, who did not wash for more than half a century, was single.  The agency quoted a local official saying that Amou Haji had avoided showering over fears of “getting sick.”

He lived in isolation for most of his life in an open brick hut, which villagers made after he started sleeping in a hole in the ground.

Locals attributed Haji’s eccentricity to “emotional setbacks” in his youth. In 2014, the Tehran Times reported that Haji also avoided fresh food, opting instead for rotted porcupine.

But “for the first time a few months ago, villagers had taken him to a bathroom to wash,” IRNA reported.

A short documentary film titled “The Strange Life of Amou Haji” was made about his life in 2013, according to Iranian media outlets.

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