An Iranian hermit known as the “dirtiest man in the world” has died aged 94. According to local media, Amu Hadji has not bathed for more than 50 years.
Haji, covered in trash and ink, lived in a small shack in Iran. According to locals, emotional problems in his youth prevented him from bathing, so the man had not used soap and water for over 50 years.
In 2014, Iranian media made a report about Haji, according to which the man ate mainly on dead animals along the road and smoked a pipe made of animal excrement. He believed that if he took a bath, he would get sick. The report also showed him smoking several cigarettes at the same time.
A few months ago, local residents convinced him to take a bath for the first time, reports the Iranian news agency.
After Haji’s death, the unofficial record is for an Indian who has also not bathed for most of his life. In 2009, the Hindustan Times reported on a man living near the holy city of Varanasi who had not bathed for more than 30 years in an attempt to “stop all the problems before the Indian nation”. He refused water, lit a big bonfire every night, smoked marijuana, stood on one leg and prayed to Shiva.