Indian man who fasted to pray for Trump’s COVID-19 recovery dies of cardiac arrest

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An Indian man died from cardiac arrest following four days of fasting and praying for President Trump’s health after his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Bussa Krishna, from the Indian state of Telangana, collapsed while having tea at a family member’s house on Sunday, according to reports.

Krishna was pronounced dead by doctors after being taken to the hospital for treatment, his family told The Indian Express. He was 33.

“He had slipped into depression after hearing about Trump contracting coronavirus,” his cousin B Vivek told The Indian Express. “He was not eating properly. When we rushed him to the hospital, the doctors declared him dead. The cause of death is a cardiac arrest.”

Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1 and received medical treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A White House memo released Saturday reported that the president is no longer a transmission risk, though it did not state whether he has tested negative for the virus.

Krishna began following Trump and actively praying to him as “his god” after seeing him in a dream, Reuters reported earlier this year. He erected a 6-foot statue in Trump’s honor. 

Krishna also referred to his home as “Trump Temple,” as reported by The Independent. He celebrated Trump’s birthday by decorating his home earlier this year, according to The Times of India

Krishna also reportedly hoped to meet the president when he made a visit to India in February.

“I’m feeling proud as my God has come to India. I worship Trump as God and believe that I shall meet him soon. He has played a major role in fight against terrorism,” he said earlier this year, according to Asian News International.

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