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Ho Van Lang escorted back to his native village in Tay Tra district, central Quang Nga province, Vietnam, August 7, 2013. AFP / AFP via Getty Images

  • A Vietnamese man who lived in the jungle for four decades died of cancer at the age of 52.

  • Ho Van Lang first fled to the jungle in 1972 with his father after half of his family died in the Vietnam War.

  • He returned to civilization eight years ago and was diagnosed with liver cancer last year.

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A true “Tarzan” who lived in the Vietnamese jungle for four decades died of liver cancer at the age of 52, the Times reported.

Ho Van Lang returned to civilization in 2013 after spending his entire life in the dense Vietnamese jungle with his father, Ho Van Than.

The duo were persuaded to return to their village after Than’s health deteriorated. He died in 2017, at the age of 86.

Lang and Than first retreated to the jungle in 1972 after an American bomb killed half of their family during the Vietnam War. They spent 41 years growing corn, surviving off plants and wildlife, and living in a wooden hut five meters above the ground.

According to a friend, explorer Alvaro Cerezo, Than had a deep phobia of leaving the jungle “because he didn’t believe the Vietnam War was over,” reported the First Post.

When father and son emerged from the jungle eight years ago, they wore loincloths made from tree bark and had had little human contact.

Lang, who was two years old when his father fled into the jungle, knew only a few words of the local horn language. He was also unaware that women existed, Cerezo said.

In his last years of life, Lang decided to stay in his native village and lived next to his brother, working on a farm and forming close bonds with his nieces and nephews.

In November of last year, the 52-year-old man was diagnosed with incurable liver cancer. He died on Monday, with his family by his side.

Cerezo said he believed Lang’s death was precipitated due to poor diet and the stress of modern society. He said Lang had started “eating processed foods and sometimes even drinking alcohol,” according to the First Post.

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