A man who is often called as the real-life Tarzan has passed away at the age of 52.
The man lived in a jungle in Vietnam for 40 years before dying off Liver Cancer.
Ho Van Lang was ken into the jungle by his father Ho Van Thanh when several members of their family were killed by a bomb during the Vietnam War.
The pair stayed together in the jungle for more than 4 decades before re-emerging into the society in 2013.
The sad part though is that the re-emerging into the society 8 years ago did not do him any good.
The health of Lang deteriorated and he started drinking a lot of alcohol and was seen constantly eating processed foods.
Alvaro Cerezo, his friend, said that the modern lifestyle could have contributed to his death at such a young age.
During an interview with the press, Alvaro said:
I’m so sad to see him go, but for me his passing is also a liberation because I know he was suffering in the last months. He was a beautiful human being, to forget him will be impossible, I will miss him every day. But I didn’t like seeing him living in civilization. I was always concerned that he and his body wouldn’t be able to handle such a drastic change. He had spent all his life living in the jungle and then came to live in the ‘civilized world’ where he started eating processed foods and sometimes even drinking alcohol.
Lang was the son of a soldier, who reportedly went hiding in the jungle when the bombings started to drop in Vietnam.
Lang was just 2 when they moved in the jungle.
The father and son lived in the jungle, which is now under the Tra Bong District.
They were eventually discovered by locals, who were searching for firewood.
When the health of Thanh started to deteriorate, they had to return back to society to get medical help.
In the jungle, the two wore clothes that were made from the bark of a tree. They lived in a hut that was 5 meters up on the tree and ate fruit that they found along with the corn that they were growing.
Also, Lang, the son, had no idea that women existed and still did not know what the differences a man and woman have.
Sadly, on September 6, 2021, Lang died.
This happened 8 years after his jungle home.
Minh Thao, the Secretary of the Party’s Committee of Tra Bong District Dang, said:
In early 2021, Mr. Lang suffered from severe pain in the abdomen. His relatives took him to a hospital in Quang Ngai city for examination, and he was diagnosed with liver cancer. When the Covid-19 epidemic broke out, he had to self-treat at home. The disease progressed so badly that he did not survive.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lang, may his soul rest in peace.