India’s first bodybuilder and former gold medallist at Asian Games dies at 104

Manohar Aich, the former Mr. Universe and three-time champion in body building at the Asian Games, died at the age of 104 in Kolkata on Sunday. He died because of some age related health issues. He was the first Indian and the first bodybuilder from independent India to become Mr Universe in 1952.

Born in Comilla district, now in Bangladesh, Aich joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1942 — when India was still a British colony — and took up bodybuilding. Even at his ripe old age he continued to follow his daily exercising routine till he was in a condition to. – NewsX reported.

Aich also tried his hand in politics standing for BJP in 1991 elections but lost. He is survived by his two sons and two daughters.

Popularly known as “Pocket Hercules”, he was just 4.11” feet tall. According to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, Mr Aich had ended a historic era and he made us proud.