Celebrated Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich dies at 104

KOLKATA: Manohar Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr Universe, has died in the eastern city of Kolkata. He was 104.

Aich's son said his father died 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 4 foot, 11 inch (150 centimeter) frame.