Who is Amou Haji? ‘World’s dirtiest man’ dies in Iran at 94 a few months after first bath

An Iranian man dubbed the “dirtiest man in the world” for not having a shower for more than 50 years has died at the age of 94, according to official media.

Amou Haji, who had not washed his hands in 67 years, died on Sunday in the Iranian town of Dejgah, according to the IRNA news agency.

Mr Haji chose not to shower because he was afraid it would bring him bad luck and make him sick.

Who is Amou Haji? ‘World’s dirtiest man’ dies in Iran at 94 a few months after first bath

However, residents ‘had taken him to a bathroom to wash for the first time a few months ago,’ a local official said on Iranian state television.

‘Not long after, he fell ill and finally, on Sunday… he gave up his life,’ IRNA reported.

Mr. Haji, who was covered in soot and dirt, disliked soap and water. He claimed he despises even the concept of showering.

The Iranian has previously stated that he adopted this unusual style of living as a result of “emotional setbacks in his upbringing.” He has been isolated since then.

Mr. Haji disliked fresh food and drink in addition to cleanliness. His favorite food was a rotten porcupine, and he drank five liters of water every day from a rusted oil can. He would frequently collect water from adjacent puddles.

Who is Amou Haji? ‘World’s dirtiest man’ dies in Iran at 94 a few months after first bath

Mr Haji would also consume roadkill, and if that wasn’t unusual enough, he like to inhale animal feces through an old pipe rather than tobacco. Photos from 2018 show the Iranian smoking many cigarettes at the same time.

Mr Haji had spent the majority of his life in Dejgah village in the Fars area of southern Iran, where he had no wife and appeared to have no family.

After observing him sleeping in a hole in the ground, concerned locals constructed him an open brick cottage to dwell in. He was also known to keep his head warm in the cold by wearing an old, deteriorating army helmet.

Who is Amou Haji? ‘World’s dirtiest man’ dies in Iran at 94 a few months after first bath

The locals also decided to convince him to take a shower a few months before he died following reports that he was lonely and that not washing made it difficult for him to make friends and find a female companion.

Despite his dislike of not showering, eating rotting meat, and drinking dirty water, his health remained good until recently.

Earlier this year, a team of doctors led by Dr Gholamreza Molavi, a professor at the Tehran School of Public Health, allegedly ran a battery of tests on Haji, including HIV and hepatitis testing.

Dr Molavi was astounded to discover that Haji had not been infected with any germs or parasites other than Trichinosis, a bacteria caused by eating raw meat that causes a common ailment. Haji, on the other hand, displayed no signs.

Amou Haji

Dr. Molova came to the conclusion that Haji had been able to stay healthy for so long because he had built a powerful immune system after decades of living in extremely difficult surroundings.

In 2013, a short documentary film called ‘The Strange Life of Amou Haji’ was made on his life.

It’s debatable who owns the world record for the longest period of time without showering. Several people submitted their names for the unappealing title.

Kailash Singh, a 67-year-old Indian, held the previous record for the longest time between washings.

Mr Singh claimed to have not showered in 39 years. But at over 60 years without bathing, if Mr Haji’s claim is true, he easily takes the record.