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Son claims Westboro preacher Fred Phelps is near death
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Son claims Westboro preacher Fred Phelps is near death

Son claims Westboro preacher Fred Phelps is near death
Pastor Fred Phelps preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. March 19, 2006. Phelps and his tight-knit congregation travel the country preaching damnation to a "nation of sinners." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Son claims Westboro preacher Fred Phelps is near death

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According to a Facebook post from one of the estranged sons of Fred Phelps Sr., the anti-gay preacher who was the driving force behind Westboro Baptist Church is close to death. Nathan Phelps claims his father is on the “edge of death” at a hospice facility in Topeka, Kan.

Another estranged son confirmed this news to a Topeka newspaper. According to a USA Today report, a spokesperson for Westboro Baptist Church said that while the pastor is in a hospice facility, reports that he is close to death are “not well-informed.”

Westboro Baptist Church became infamous for its protests at funerals, which has triggered numerous court proceedings across the country. Nate Phelps claims his father was ex-communicated from Westboro last year.

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