New Delhi: Independent India’s first Mr Universe, Manohar Aich, breathed his last on Sunday at the age of 102.

The centenarian was the first body builder from independent India to win the Mr Universe title in 1952. He also won three gold medals in bodybuilding at the 1951 (New Delhi), 1954 (Manila) and 1958 (Tokyo) Asian Games.

Aich was fit some time back but recently started developing age-related health complications which led to the death of the body builder.

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.

In an interview to a fitness portal a few years back, Manohar said, “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.”

Aich breathed his last at his Baguiati home in northeastern Kolkata at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.


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