Indian man who fasted for four days ‘to pray for Trump’s coronavirus recovery’ dies of cardiac arrest
Trump has a large following in India, particularly among the supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Getty).
A 38-year-old man from the Indian state of Telangana has died after four days of fasting to pray for Donald Trump's recovery from Covid-19.
According to his family, Bussa Krishna Raju worshiped the US president like a god and was shocked and upset when he learned of his coronavirus diagnosis.
Mr Raju refused food and began praying for Mr Trump's recovery when he learned of his infection last week. Mr Trump tested positive on Thursday October 1 and treated for several days at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Mr. Raju's family told the Times of India that he collapsed while having tea on Sunday at his relative's home in Toopran Village, Medak District. He was taken to the hospital, where the doctors pronounced him dead.
A close family member told the Times of India: "He was upset to learn that Trump tested positive for coronavirus. He slept, starved and prayed for the US president's recovery for the past three to four days. He died of cardiac arrest around noon today. "
Mr Raju was in the news earlier this year when he erected a 6-foot statue of the US President in his home and performed rituals, referring to his residence as "Trump Temple".
Mr Raju said at the time that he had prayed for Mr Trump's re-election as well as for his well-being and that of First Lady Melania Trump. He claimed that he worshiped Trump for over four years before the statue was installed.
In a previous interview with the Times of India, Mr Raju said the reason he started worshiping Mr Trump was because he showed up in his dreams.
Mr Raju had expressed a desire to meet Mr Trump when the President visited India for a rally with Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad this February. However, his wish remained unfulfilled.
Mr Raju is not the only Indian to show his affection for Mr Trump. In the past, the Hindu Sena, a right-wing fringe group, has prepared songs to greet Mr. Trump, celebrated his birthday and held photo exhibitions in which they placed cake posters on a president's poster.
Hindu Sena members say they support Mr Trump because of his perceived tough stance on Muslims and his close relationship with Mr Modi. Hindu Sena also performed a religious ceremony to pray for Mr. Trump's re-election during his February visit.
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