An Indian man who worshipped Donald Trump has died of a cardiac arrest days after he posted a tearful video saying he was depressed that his ‘god’ had caught coronavirus.
Father-of-one Bussa Krishna, a farmer from Konney village, Telangana, died at the age of 33 on Sunday.
The super-fan had a life-sized statue of the President in his back-yard shrine and said his devotion to Trump began more than four years ago when the leader appeared to him in a dream.
He posted a tearful video on his Facebook page wishing for his idol’s recovery from the viral disease that has killed more than one million people worldwide.
Bussa Krishna, 33, who worshipped Donald Trump died of a cardiac arrest in Telangana, India, on Sunday, days after he posted a tearful video saying he was depressed that his ‘god’ had caught coronavirus
The superfan had a life size statue of the President in a shrine in his garden in Konney village and said his devotion for Trump began more than four years ago when the leader appeared to him in a dream
In the video, he said: ‘I feel very sad that my god, Trump, has contracted the coronavirus. I ask everyone to pray for his speedy recovery.’
He stopped eating to show solidarity with his the President’s suffering from Covid-19, his family said.
His cousin said Kirshna was physically fit and had no health problems or history of heart disease. There is no evidence linking Mr. Krishna’s death to his fasting.
Trump revealed he had tested positive for Covid-19 on October 2 and spent three nights in the hospital for treatment.
In a teary video posted after Donald Trump contracted coronavirus, Krishna says: ‘I feel very sad that my god, Trump, has contracted the coronavirus. I ask everyone to pray for his speedy recovery’
Krishna became famous in India in February, after he was photographed performing the Hindu prayer ritual ‘pooja’ to the Trump statue in his garden, which is usually meant for deities
He said on Sunday he had fully recovered and was due to resume campaigning on Monday ahead of the November 3 US election.
Venkat Goud, the head of Krishna’s native Konney village and a close friend, said he was ‘depressed’ that Trump and his wife Melania had got the disease.
‘It’s sad that he passed away without meeting his hero,’ Goud said. ‘He had tried so hard to meet him’ when Trump had come to India in February.
Raghupathi, a local police officer, said Krishna had left the village over two weeks ago to meet his parents in another part of the same southern state of Telangana.
Trump has built up a fan base in India among some Hindu nationalists drawn to his hardline rhetoric towards Muslims
‘It is there that he passed away due to a cardiac arrest,’ Raghupathi, who goes by one name, said.
He was rushed to hospital by his relatives after collapsing and was pronounced dead on arrival.
He is survived by his seven-year-old son and parents.
Krishna first came to national attention in India in February, after he was photographed performing the Hindu prayer ritual ‘pooja’ to the Trump statue in his garden, which is usually meant for deities.
He said the President came to him in a dream four years ago, correctly predicting India would beat Pakistan and, since then Krishna was devoted to Trump.
Vivek Bukka, Krishna’s cousin told the New York Times: ‘At first everyone in the family thought he was mentally disturbed, but he kept at it and everyone eventually came around.’
Krishna was attracted to Trump’s bluntness of speech, Venkat Goud said, despite not speaking English himself.
Krishna posted images of himself wearing blue and red T-shirts with the name Trump emblazoned on its front and back and carrying a framed photo of the American leader, on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
‘I am praying to God to see that I meet my “god” at least once,’ Krishna told local newspaper Telangana Today last year.
Trump has built up a fan base in India among some Hindu nationalists drawn to his hardline rhetoric towards Muslims.