Re: Bartow woman dies after extended religious fast

BARTOW (Bay News 9) -- A Polk County woman has died after a long religious fast.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Evelyn Boyd. She died in her home last week.

Boyd's family told authorities it wasn't her first time fasting. She fasted four times last year for a total of more than 100 days.

"The Bible speaks of fasting," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "But no where does God intend for you to fast to death and that's what this lady did."

Boyd's husband, the bishop of Higher Praise Full Gospel Pentecostal Ministries, in Bartow, calls his wife deeply religious.

He was too shaken to speak on camera Thursday but told Bay News 9's newspaper partners at The Ledger his wife locked herself in a bedroom with just her Bible, a notepad, and some water.


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