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Son: Excommunicated Fred Phelps Is Dying

The son of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church founder posted on Facebook that his father, Fred Phelps is “on the edge of death.” Though representatives from Westboro confirmed that the 84-year-old Phelps is in hospice care, they said in a statement that the source—Nate Phelps, who is estranged from the family and no longer a part of the “church”—“is not well informed.” In Nate Phelps’ post, he also claims that his father has been excommunicated, noting that he has been, “Destroyed by the monster he made.” A Westboro spokesperson refused to confirm Nate’s comment about his father being kicked out of Westboro, saying, “We don’t discuss our internal church dealings with anybody.” Though small, Westboro Baptist Church rose to national prominence for their protests of funerals of fallen soldiers, victims of notable tragedies and celebrities with hate filled, anti-gay signs and messages …

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