A hermit dubbed by media as “the world’s dirtiest man” has died at the age of 94, just months after having his first wash in decades.
Amou Haji had refused to use soap and water for more than half a century, fearing it would make him sick.
The Iranian, who lived in the southern province of Fars, had avoided previous attempts by villagers to get him clean.
But, local media say, Amou Haji finally succumbed to pressure and washed a few months ago.
According to the news, he became ill shortly afterwards and died on Sunday.
In a previous interview in 2014, he revealed his favourite meal was roadkill, and that he lived between a hole in the ground and a brick shack built by concerned neighbours in the village of Dejgah.
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.