“Pocket Hercules” Former Mr. Universe Manohar Aich died at the Age of 104

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Back to back bad news for the sport lover of the world and India too. After legendary boxer Muhammad Ali,  former Mr Universe and celebrity bodybuilder Manohar Aich took his last breathe at his home in Kolkata at the age of 104 on Sunday.

Mr Aich who is a widower,  is survived by his two sons and two daughters.

“He died around 2.30 pm. He was 104 years old,” his son told IANS.

Mr Aich won the Mr Universe title in 1952, and was fondly given the name “Pocket Hercules” due to his four feet, 11 inch height.

This great bodybuilder from Bengal, won the Mr. Hercules award in 1950 at the age of only 36.

In 1951 he had finished second in the Mr Universe contest but never lost hope and stayed in London and eventually won the title in the next year.

Mr Aich born in Comilla district of undivided Bengal (now in Bangladesh) and joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1942 . There he was encouraged by British officer Reub Martin and took up body-building seriously.

“If you exercise daily you won’t fall ill. When you are young, you train to build but when you are old you train to maintain,” he said in an interview to a fitness portal years back.


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