An Iranian man, known to his community as Amou Haji, died on Oct. 23 at the age of 94. Referred to as “Uncle Haji,” an Iranian term of endearment for an older person, the rest of the world knew him as the “World’s Dirtiest Man.” His death occurred just a few months after he took his first bath in over 60 years.
The Guardian reported that Haji claimed “emotional setbacks” in his youth as his primary reason for not bathing. He feared he would get sick if he ever used “soap and water.”
A few months ago, fellow residents in his village of Dejgah, in the southern province of Fars, convinced Haji to take a bath. CBS News reported that the villagers took it upon themselves to take him inside a bathroom.
In 2103, a documentary entitled The Strange Life of Amou Haji, centered around Haji and his unconventional hygiene habits was unveiled.
Haji was seen roaming around the streets covered in soot and while residents of Dejgah respected Haji’s stance on not bathing and were sympathetic to his fear of water making him sick, they still made attempts to get Haji to bathe.
CNN reported that a few years ago, a group took him to a nearby river in an attempt to bathe him but he threw himself out of the car and ran away.
Photos of Haji’s conditions were captured by an Iran media Twitter account, @Mennts.