Saturday 22 October 2016

Celebrated Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich dies at 104

Published 06/06/2016 | 07:21

Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who has died aged 104 (AP)
Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who has died aged 104 (AP)

Manohar Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr Universe, has died aged 104.

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Aich's son said his father died in the eastern city of Kolkata on Sunday from health issues related to his age. He is survived by his four children.

Aich, who grew up as a puny youngster, overcame many hurdles, including poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve bodybuilding glory.

He won the Mr Universe title in London in 1952 and returned a hero to India, where many took up bodybuilding.

He also won several titles when competing in the Asian Bodybuilding Championships. He was also known as the "Pocket Hercules" due to his 4ft 11in (150cm) frame.

Aich often told his fans that the secret to his long life was his ability to take his troubles lightly and remain happy during difficult times.

That, and a simple diet of milk, fruit and vegetables along with rice, lentils and fish kept him healthy, he said.

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