BBC – An Indian man who bought one of the world’s most expensive shirts made entirely of gold has been allegedly battered to death, police said. Datta Phuge shot to the limelight in 2013 when he bought a shirt made with more than 3kg of gold and worth $250,000 (£186,943). A money lender based in western Pune, Mr Phuge was called “the gold man”. Four persons have been detained for questioning. Police suspect a dispute over money have led to the murder. The police said some 12 people attacked Mr Phuge, 48, in Pune on Thursday night. One of the suspects had invited Mr Phuge and his 22-year-old son to celebrate a birthday at an open ground in Dighi area when the men attacked him with stones and a sharp weapon. Police said the son had witnessed his father being murdered and had been spared by the alleged killers. “However, we are investigating how Mr Phuge reached the open ground where he was murdered,” Dighi police station inspector Navnath Ghogare told the Press Trust of India news agency. Mr Phuge often wore gold all over his body: his knuckles, neck, and wrists were weighed down by signet rings, chunky bracelets, and a medallion. “Some people ask me why I’m wearing so much gold but it was my dream. People have different aspirations. Some elite people want to own an Audi or Mercedes, and have big cars. I chose gold,” he told the BBC in 2013.
We lost a good one today, folks. Gold Man. Guy invented the first ever Gold Shirt. 7 pounds of solid gold. $250,000. What an absolutely fucking legend. Turns out he was beaten to death, which sucks but to be honest I think you could have guess thats kind of how Gold Man was gonna go out. No doubt that Gold Man led a real Die Young, Leave A Good Looking Corpse sort of lifestyle. No doubt he was getting into all sorts of dicey shit when it came to his money and his gold. Beaten to death is a bit harsh but I think you just knew Gold Man was gonna end tragically.
Bury Datta Phuge in his golden armor and let him shine bright in moksha. They say you cant take your worldly possessions with you but theres no doubt in my mind Gold Man is zipped up in a 24 karat onesie wherever he is right now.