A man called a “real-life Tarzan” after surviving 40 years in the vietnamese jungle is dead of liver cancer at 52.
Ho Van Lang died Monday, about eight years after he and his… father Ho Van Thanh returned to civilization. The couple fled the forest in of the Tra Bong . district in 1972, amid bombing raids by US troops during the war in Vietnam, where there were deaths half of their family.
For decades they had no idea that the war was over.
The men were forced to enter a nearby town in 2013 when Lang entered a village in Search of medical care for are sick then father, who died of not reported causes in 2017. Tall is older brother Ho Van Tri was his only connection met civilization up until that point.
Past friend Alvaro Cerezo said: in a statement to Mercury Press that all attributes of a ‘modern life’ would probably have done him in, as met chemical-laden processed foods.
“I’m so sad to see him go but for I, his death is also a liberation because I know he suffered in the last months,” he said.
Cerezo paid tribute to his dead friend. “He was a beautiful person, forgetting him will be impossible, I will miss him every day.”
Their family led a conventional life in Tra Kem prior to their escape. Eventually they learned to forage and hunt, grow crops and build hideout in nature, and undressed down to the necessities, wearing only a loincloth to cover their bodies.
For 41 years they lived as ‘jungle’ men” to a group trekking Wild-spotted Lang and Thanh, apparently in fear. AN team of rescue workers were alerted and followed down in August 2013.
The father had kept some of to be language skillswhile Lang could only speak a few words of the regional Cor language.
Along short return to childhood home in the Tra Bong jungle made headlines in 2016. Cerezo, an explorer and entrepreneur, camped there with Long for five days at a time with the hope of learn from the expert survivalist. The two stayed in touch after die time together, as Cerezo has documented a lot of Lang’s ups and downs during his re-acclimatization with society.
Cerezo said, “I don’t” like see him live in civilization. I was always concerned that he and his body couldn’t handle such a drastic change.”
“He had lived his whole life” in the jungle and then came to live in the ‘civilized’ world”where he started eating processed foods and sometimes even drinking alcohol,” he explained.
Cerezo published a book over his friend in 2017.
“’The connection between us was immediate because Lang never thought anyone would be interested in his survival skills, and he was so happy to show I like them all,” he said. “He got so excited that he decided to take me deep into the jungle in to take and… show me the place he had lived all his life.”
He said of Lang’s “Enchanting” Qualities, “He Was a Little Kid” with the skills of a superhuman.”
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