Iranian man dies at age 94 after living without washing for 50 years.

Local report says Armad feared soap and water.


Local report says Amou feared soap and water.


A recluse who was called “the world’s dirtiest man” by the media passed away at age 94, only a few months after getting his first wash in decades.

Amou Haji has avoided using soap and water for more than 50 years out of concern over getting sick.

The Iranian, who resided in the province of Fars in the south, had resisted prior efforts by villagers to clean him up.

However, according to the local media, Amou Haji finally gave in to pressure and washed a few months ago.

He fell unwell shortly after, and according to Iran’s IRNA news agency, he passed away on Sunday.

According to reports on BBC news, In a previous interview, given to the Tehran Times in 2014, he revealed his favourite meal was porcupine, and that he lived between a hole in the ground and a brick shack built by concerned neighbours in the village of Dejgah.

He told the outlet at the time his unusual choices were down to “emotional setbacks” when he was younger.


Amou Haji is not known to have had any family, but the villagers tried to care for him

Years of not bathing had left him with skin covered in “soot and pus”, IRNA said, while his diet had consisted of rotten meat and unsanitary water drunk from an old oil can.

He was also fond of smoking, being pictured on at least one occasion puffing on more than one cigarette at once.

Attempts to bathe him, or offer him clean water to drink, made him sad, the news agency said.

However, whether he holds the record for having gone the longest without taking a bath has been a matter of some debate. Back in 2009, there were reports of an Indian man who had – at that point – not washed or brushed his teeth for 35 years. What had happened to him since was not immediately clear.

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