Iranian dubbed ‘World’s Dirtiest Man’ gets sick and dies at 94 after finally cleaning himself after 60 years

The vast majority of people, at least in advanced cultures and modern society, greatly prize cleanliness and abhor being dirty, but there are some individuals who eschew being clean and seem to not only embrace but actually thrive in filth.

One such man was a reclusive Iranian named Amou Haji, who gained a measure of fame as the unofficial “World’s Dirtiest Man,” but he has now reportedly died at the age of 94, according to the Daily Wire.

Ironically, and perhaps not coincidentally, reports indicate that Haji — who claimed to have not bathed for roughly 60 years due to a fear that it would make him sick — fell ill and perished shortly after nearby villagers convinced him to finally clean himself a few months ago.

Hermit lived in filth outside of village for decade

The U.K. Daily Mail reported that Haji, according to Iranian state-run media, died on Sunday at the age of 94 near the village of Dejgah in southern Iran where he had lived for most of his life.

Haji had adopted the lifestyle of a reclusive hermit following “emotional setbacks in his youth” and lived in a small open brick structure that concerned villagers had built for him on the outskirts of the town.

In addition to his aversion to cleanliness, Haji also reportedly avoided fresh food and clean water, and instead subsisted on roadkill, the rotten meat of dead porcupines, and dirty water collected from puddles into a rusty old oil can. He also was said to smoke animal feces out of an old pipe instead of tobacco.

Died after finally cleaning himself

The Daily Mail, citing the Iranian media reports, shared how Haji had been adamant against taking a shower or bath for more than six decades due to his belief that cleaning himself would “bring him bad luck and make him sick.”

However, per a local official, “for the first time a few months ago, villagers had taken him to a bathroom to wash.” That, unfortunately, may have proven Haji’s fears to be correct, as “Not long after, he fell ill and finally, on Sunday … he gave up his life.”

Dirty lifestyle likely helped develop extraordinarily strong immune system

Indeed, Haji’s filthy lifestyle may actually have kept him alive and relatively healthy, as was ascertained earlier this year by a group of doctors who ran a battery of tests on him and found that, aside from an asymptomatic presence of Trichinosis, a parasite commonly found in raw meat, the disgustingly dirty elderly man suffered no real ailments to his health.

In fact, the doctors ultimately determined that “Haji was able to remain healthy for so many years because he had developed a strong immune system after decades of living in extremely harsh conditions.”

But now, unfortunately, after finally washing away the decades of dirt and grime that rather counterintuitively may have protected him for so long, Haji got sick and died.

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