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Westboro Baptist Church Founder 'On The Edge Of Death' According To Son

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The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church that's widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility. The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church that's widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility.

Fred Phelps Sr., who founded the Westboro Baptist Church, widely known for protesting at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is reportedly in hospice care.

Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said Phelps is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility and is "having some health problems." Phelps is 84 years old. Drain said Phelps is not close to death.

NPR is reporting that Phelps' son, Nathan, says his dad is "on the edge of death." His full statement to the media reads:

"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.

"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' son said his dad was ex-communicated from the church in 2013. The church would not confirm that.

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