By FEMI SALAWU, with Agency Reports
Things happened very fast and before parishioners could say Jack Robinson, the unconscious body of their shepherd lay on the floor.
Shortly after confessing to his affair, Bishop Bobby Davis dropped dead moments later from a suspected heart attack, witnesses have said.
Until his death, he pastor and founder of the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Davis, a certified marriage and family therapist, served as pastor since he founded the church with his wife in 1967. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June and have six children and eight grandchildren.
‘After the service on Sunday, the bishop’s family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago,’ Judy Stovall, a parishoner told the Connecticut Post.
‘He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness.’
But after Davis, 72, revealed to the crowd that he had cheated on his wife of 50 years, Christine, 69, the shocked congregation began shouting at him, witnesses said.
‘We were shouting, “We forgive you, we love you,”‘ Stovall said. ‘I held his head as he lay on the floor… Our congregation is hurting now.’
Amid the commotion, Davis dropped to his knees and keeled over and died, witnesses told the Post.
‘The stress of all of it – he had a heart attack,’ Stovall continued. ‘I held his head as he lay on the floor… Our congregation is hurting now.”
Davis was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital and the cause is still to be determined, according to the Office of the State Medical Examiner.
It is believed he suffered a fatal heart attack following the noise from the congregation.
Police spokesman William Kaempffer said that a detective has been assigned to investigate the case.