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Celebrated Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich dies at 104

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2012 file photo, Indian body builder Manohar Aich poses for a photograph at his home in Kolkata, India. Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe, has died in the eastern city of Kolkata at the age of 104. Aich's son said his father died Sunday, June 5, 2016 from health issues related to his age. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2012 file photo, Indian body builder Manohar Aich poses for a photograph at his home in Kolkata, India. Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe, has died in the eastern city of Kolkata at the age of 104. Aich's son said his father died Sunday, June 5, 2016 from health issues related to his age. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this March 16, 2012 file photo, Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich flexes his muscles as he poses for a photograph at a gymnasium in Kolkata, India. Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe, has died in the eastern city of Kolkata at the age of 104. Aich's son said his father died Sunday, June 5, 2016 from health issues related to his age. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

    FILE- In this March 16, 2012 file photo, Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich flexes his muscles as he poses for a photograph at a gymnasium in Kolkata, India. Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe, has died in the eastern city of Kolkata at the age of 104. Aich's son said his father died Sunday, June 5, 2016 from health issues related to his age. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.