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June 21, 2023

Amou Haji, the World’s Dirtiest Man Who Died a Few Months After Washing for the First Time in 60 Years

Amou Haji (1928–2022) was an Iranian man who was known for not bathing for more than 60 years. Amou Haji was not his real name but a nickname given to elderly people. He lived in a shack and a hole in the ground in the village of Dejgah, Fars.

Since he feared that soap and water might cause diseases, he did not bathe for over 60 years between ca. 1957–62 and shortly before his death on October 23, 2022. It was claimed that he had become a hermit after a heartbreak. He was celibate, ate meat from dead animals he found, drank water from puddles, smoked a pipe that had animal excreta on it, and lived in a hole that he had built himself.

Despite his unhygienic lifestyle, he lived until the age of 94. He died a few months after washing for the first time in 60 years, having been persuaded by the inhabitants of Dejgah, in the southern province of Fars, to do so. He was photographed smoking several cigarettes at a time and would refuse water, food, and other basic necessities offered to him. These attempts to care for him even made him sad.

In 2014, he claimed that he had not washed for over 60 years. He believed that “cleanliness brings on illness.”


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