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 ’s recovery when he found out about his infection last week. Mr 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 hospital where doctors declared him dead.
A close family member told the Times of India: “He was upset when he learnt about 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.”
Bussa Krishna, who installed a 6-feet statue of US President Donald last year & worships him: I’m feeling proud as my God has come to India. I worship as God and believe that I shall meet him soon. He has played a major role in fight against terrorism. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/XaOLDw808m
— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2020
Mr Raju said at the time that he had been praying for Mr ’s re-election, as well as his wellbeing and that of the First Lady Melania . He claimed that even before installing the statue, he was worshipping for over four years.
Mr Raju is not the only Indian to show his affection for Mr . In the past the Hindu Sena, a right-wing fringe group, has prepared songs for Mr ’s welcome, celebrated his birthday and carried out photo exhibitions where they gave up offerings of cake to a poster of the president.
Hindu Sena members say they support Mr because of his perceived hardline stance on Muslims, and his close relationship with Mr Modi. Hindu Sena also carried out a religious ceremony to pray for Mr ’s re-election during his February visit.