Fred Phelps, controversial pastor, ‘on the edge of death,’ according to son

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Pastor Fred Phelps (left) and one of his followers (right). (Images: Wikipedia)

TOPEKA, Kansas — Pastor Fred Phelps, known for heading the controversial Westboro Baptist Church that pickets military funerals, is “on the edge of death,” according to his son. reported that the 84-year-old recently became a patient at the Midland Care Hospice in Topeka.

Fred Phelps’ son Nate Phelps posted a statement to his Facebook page that his father is “now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka.” Nate Phelps broke away from the church 37 years ago.

Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said Fred Phelps has been a patient for “not too long” and “has a couple things going on,” referring to an unidentified illness. Drain declined to elaborate.

“The source that says he’s near death is not well informed,” Drain said, according to

Fred Phelps’s followers frequently picket various events, such as military funerals, gay pride gatherings, high-profile political gatherings and university commencement ceremonies.

The church is known for the controversial signs they picket with, some of which read “THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS” and “GOD HATES FAGS.”

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  • Patrice Collins

    I hope none of his followers take his place. Judge not lest you be judged. Judgement day is coming for him and I hope they bury him in shorts cause its going to be hot where he is going.


    I say good riddance!!! The world will be a much better place without a biggoted POS, such as Fred Phillips, in it. The sooner his cult followers asumme room temperature, the better. May they all burn in hell. I hope the let all the SOldiers from Ft. Hood and Ft. Bliis TX have a 3 day pass, so they can picket his funeral. I would love for his family and cult followers to have to ride through the ;licket of thousands of Soldiers celebrating his descent to hell.

  • AustinJulie

    This man who lived in hate and perpetrated hate and hurt will not be missed except, perhaps, by the members of his own family and followers who “think” like he does. I cannot imagine anyone less like Jesus of Nazareth.

  • targetsacquired

    Fox8: Your caption says “one of his followers”.
    Thats his daughter Shirley, as all members of the church are family members..and, in order to keep money flowing into the place, lawyers who sue anyone over anything at the drop of a hat.

  • Lucinda

    Our church sermon was on The Religious Bully. I truly think he was the best religious bully out there. Although hell is probably getting his room ready, and the devil will be saying “good job”, Jesus is more upset that one of his so called “followers” didn’t do a better job as a Christian. He spewed hate and he taught hate but Jesus also said for those of us who have never sinned, then cast the first stone. I don’t wish hell on anyone but unless he truly repents, I’m not sure who else will take him.

  • sweetrevenge

    yes hopefully alot of people protest his funeral although i have a funny feeling the reason why his “family” is denying he is sick / close to death is BECAUSE they dont want people to know and be able to show up to protest … just my thinking on this matter.

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