Westboro's Fred Phelps 'on Edge of Death,' Says Son
Reportedly in hospice care
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2014 11:06 AM CDT
In a March 19, 2006 file photo, Pastor Fred Phelps preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

(Newser) – Fred Phelps, best known for his controversial protests at military funerals, is reportedly in hospice care and "on the edge of death" in Kansas, his estranged son says in a Facebook post. Nate Phelps also claims that the 84-year-old driving force behind the Westboro Baptist Church was ex-communicated by his own church last year. "Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way," wrote the younger Phelps, who left the church in 1980. "Destroyed by the monster he made." A second estranged son, Mark, tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that the news "is accurate." A Westboro spokesman confirms that the elder Phelps is in hospice care with "a couple things going on," but that "the source that says he's near death is not well informed."

Continues Nate Phelps' post: "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." CBS notes that just last week, a Missouri court ruled that Westboro protesters must stay at least a football field away from funerals. Click for more on Westboro's antics.

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Mar 18, 2014 2:42 AM CDT
He is an old man with opinions he forged through his long life. I disagree but they are his. I am capable of my own. What we should be concerned with is what is happening now.
Mar 17, 2014 2:35 PM CDT
Gee, I sure hope his family does not expect any privacy, peace or respect at Mister Phelps' funeral. Paybacks can be a real pain. I am sure there are several thousand veterans and families of dead service members, who the Westboro nutjobs disrespected, ready to roll for payback to his funeral when word comes that this Phelps is dead.
Mar 17, 2014 1:04 PM CDT
The only reason he is not dead yet is, not even the devil want anything to do with this guy and it seem the only reason people would go to his funeral is to make sure it's him. What a sad place to be. not even George Wallace garnered as much hate as this guy, some republicans must be shaking in their boots