Founder of Westboro Baptist Church near death, says estranged son

Founder of Westboro Baptist Church near death, says estranged son

The founder of notorious hate group the Westboro Baptist Church is dying, according to his estranged son.

The son of Fred Phelps took to his own Facebook page early on Sunday morning to announce that his father was ‘on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka.’

Nate Phelps, who left the extreme Christian sect 37-years ago wrote, ‘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. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas,’ Nate Phelps posted.

‘I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made.

‘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.’

Phelps is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said Sunday. Drain wouldn’t identify the facility.

‘I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,’ Drain said. ‘He’s an old man and old people get health problems.’ He said Phelps is 84.

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