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Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Westboro Baptist head Fred Phelps near death, in hospice care

Fred Phelps, the leader and figurehead of the Westboro Baptist Church is reportedly near death, receiving hospice care in a Kansas facility.

The news comes via Nate Phelps, one of Fred’s estranged children, who wrote this in a Facebook post Saturday night.

I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made.

I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved. And I’m bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.

In an interview with Patheos, Nate confirmed the statement was true, saying he’d spoken with several other family members who, like him, had previously been “excommunicated” from the church.

Westboro is famous for protesting funerals for celebrities and deceased soldiers, holding signs that claim “God Hates Fags” and for inflammatory comments such as “Thank God for dead soldiers,” and “Thank God for 9/11.”

Little boy, Noah, protesting with Westboro Baptist Church in Texas photo Westboro website

Little boy, Noah, protesting with Westboro Baptist Church in Texas photo Westboro website

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