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Fred Phelps dies at 84; Westboro Baptist's preacher of hate
Fred Phelps dies at 84; Westboro Baptist's preacher of hate

Fred Phelps, a publicity-hungry Kansas pastor who picketed hundreds of military funerals because he believed America was too sympathetic to gays, died early Thursday in Topeka, Kan. He was 84. His daughter, Margie Phelps, confirmed his death to the Associated Press but did not give the cause. With his small Topeka congregation, Phelps also demonstrated at funerals and memorials for Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, former Mormon leader Gordon B. Hinckley and heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio — any observance, regardless of any connection to gay issues, where cameras might be rolling. PHOTOS: Fred Phelps | 1929 - 2014 Convinced that the deaths of U.S. soldiers were divine...

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