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Westboro Baptist Church: Fred Phelps close to death

Westboro Baptist Church founder, Fred Phelps, could be dying.
Westboro Baptist Church founder, Fred Phelps, could be dying.
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Fred Phelps, the founder and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, has been placed in a care facility in Shawnee County, Kansas. Church spokesperson, Steve Drain, did not give any details about the health issues that lead to Phelps placement. According to a March 16 report by KCTV in Kansas City, Nathan Phelps took to his Facebook page to give more details about his father's condition.

Nathan Phelps is the estranged son of the Fred Phelps. He has not been a part of the Westboro Baptist Church or the family in quite a while. Despite that, it appears Nathan Phelps does have information about his father's condition.

Fred Phelps' son said that his father was “on the edge of death” in his Facebook post. He went on to say that he wasn't sure how he feels about his father being close to death.

“Destroyed by the monster he made,” Nathan Phelps posted on Facebook.

Nathan Phelps continued, explaining how he was “bitterly angry” that is is family is “blocking the family members who left” and keeping them from “saying their good-byes.”

The exact nature of Fred Phelps health condition remains unknown. Although the Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson is downplaying his health issues, it appears the 84 year-old pastor is doing much worse than previously reported and that Fred Phelps could be dying.