A 39-year-old Mozambican pastor, Francisco Barajah died on Wednesday after trying to repeat Jesus Christ’s biblical feat of fasting for 40 consecutive days without food or water.
Barajah, founder of the Santa Trinidad Evangelical Church and professor of French in the Zimbabwean border town of Messika, fasted for 25 days before relatives and supporters rushed him to hospital due to ill health.
When he reached the health centre, Barajah was diagnosed with severe anemia and organ failure. He reportedly lost so much weight that he couldn’t even stand up.
A BBC report stated that attempts to feed the priest’s fluids with salt and fluids were unsuccessful, as he died hours after entering the medical center.
The late shepherd’s flock said it is customary to fast, but not for long periods.
However, Marx Manuel Barajah, the brother of the deceased, confirmed that his brother died of hypotension.
The priest was also a French language teacher in the town of Messika in Central Manica Province, which borders Zimbabwe.