Man with Vietnam’s longest mane dies at 79

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A man who held the record for Vietnam’s longest hair, and possibly the world, died of natural causes in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang earlier this week.

Tran Van Hay, 79, was expected to be buried on Thursday, while his 6.2 meter lucky mane, which weighed 9.5 kilograms in 2006, would be kept for worship, his wife Nguyen Thi Hoa told Thanh Nien.

Hoa added her husband fell sick several months ago and passed away Monday night.

According to Hay’s family, when he was 21, the man from Hoa An Hamlet began falling sick whenever he had his hair cut.

Two years later he joined the army as regulated, but was sent home because he became heavily sick after the army’s haircut, his family said, adding that he then decided never to cut his hair again.

The man, who spent more than 60 years picking medicinal herbs and treating people for free, made a name for himself when he entered his name in The Vietnam’s Book of Records in 2006.

Despite the difficulties brought by his giant dreadlock over the years, Hay was always proud of his hair and wanted to take a world tour to compete with people known for record long manes, the family said.

The current official world record holder for longest hair is a man in china with only 5.7-meters of hair. 

Reported by Thanh Dung

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