Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is dead

From the Topeka Capital Journal

Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday, a daughter of Phelps confirmed Thursday morning.

Reached by phone in Topeka, Shirley Phelps-Roper confirmed her father had died at Midland Care Hospice.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, angry adult voices, including some cursing, could be heard in the vicinity of the church and homes of Westboro Baptist Church members. Many WBC members live on streets within sight of the church. The dispute outside didn’t last long.

Phelps-Roper politely said it was “none of your business” to a reporter’s questions of whether members of Phelps’ family had been present when he died and whether a funeral service would be conducted for her father.

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