An Iranian man, Amou Haji, nicknamed the “dirtiest man in the world” for not taking his bath for decades has died at the age of 94, state media reported on Tuesday.
According to the region’s district head, Haji had for decades avoided fresh food and believed that “if he cleans himself, he will get sick,” the agency reported.
Amou 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.
Villagers said he had experienced “emotional setbacks in his youth” that led him to refuse to wash.
Haji had avoided showering over fears of “getting sick”, the agency quoted a local official as saying.