Westboro Baptist Founder Fred Phelps Dies

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/20 2014 02:18PM

Updated 03/20 2014 02:30PM

Credit: Nicole Caprio
TOPEKA, Kan. - The founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church has died.

A church spokesman says 84-year-old Fred Phelps died of natural causes Wednesday night.

Phelps founded Westboro Baptist Church nearly 60 years ago in Topeka, Kansas. The church is known for its anti-gay picket lines and protests at military funerals.

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