Westboro founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

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

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

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

The newspaper reported over the weekend that 84-year-old Phelps recently became a patient at the Midland Care Hospice in Topeka.

Phelps’ son, Nate Phelps, posted a statement to his Facebook page that his father was “on the edge of death.”

Westboro Baptist Church is best known for anti-gay protests and picketing soldiers’ funerals. Phelps had been excommunicated from the church in August 2013 for advocating more kindness towards members.