Reports: Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. has died

03/20/2014 11:38 AM

03/20/2014 11:38 AM

Fred Phelps Sr., the longtime pastor of the virulent Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday, Phelps’ daughter told the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday.

Reached by phone, Phelps’ daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, told the paper that her father died while in hospice care.

Phelps’ son, Nate Phelps, told The Star earlier this week that his 84-year-old father was nearing death.

Messages left with the church members on Thursday were not immediately returned.

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