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A 38-year-old man from the Indian state of Telangana has died after fasting for four days to pray for Donald Trump’s recovery from Covid-19.
According to his family, Bussa Krishna Raju worshipped the US president like a god and was shocked and disturbed to find out about his coronavirus diagnosis.
Mr. Raju refused food and started praying for Mr. Trump’s recovery when he found out about his infection last week. Mr. Trump tested positive on Thursday 1 October and was treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center for several days.
Mr. Raju’s family told the Times of India that he collapsed on Sunday while having tea at his relative’s residence in the village of Toopran in Medak district. He was taken to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.
A close family member told the Times of India: “He was upset when he learned about Trump testing positive for coronavirus. He spent sleepless nights, starved, and prayed for the US president’s recovery for the past three-four days. He died of cardiac arrest today around noon.”
Mr. Raju has previously been in the news earlier this year when he installed a 6-foot statue of the US president at his home and started performing rituals, calling his residence the “Trump Temple”.