Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church co-founder, on death bed

The co-founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, is on the edge of death, his son says.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   March 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Westboro Baptist Church co-founder Fred Phelps Sr. is on his deathbed, the pastor's son, Nathan Phelps said.

The younger Phelps also says his father was kicked out of the church.

“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,” Nathan Phelps wrote on Facebook. “He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.”

Nathan Phelps left the infamous Kansas church more than 30 years ago and has since advocated for same-sex causes.

Steve Drain, a spokesman from Westboro Baptist Church says the younger Phelps isn't well-informed about the nature of his father's illness. He said Fred Phelps is a patient in Midland Care Hospice.

"He has a couple things going on," Drain said of Fred Phelps' condition. "The source that says he's near death is not well informed."

The nature of Fred Phelps' condition was not reported.

[The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal] [New York Daily News]

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