Fred Phelps' death may mean end of Westboro church

www.usatoday.com Published: March 21, 2014

With the death of Fred Phelps, the vitriol-spouting leader of Westboro Baptist Church who picketed military funerals and espoused hatred for gays, the future of his church is hazy, USA Today reports.



Phelps, 84, died late Wednesday, according to online postings of his church. The cause of death was not reported.

"It's unclear whether this so-called church will survive the death of its founder," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has closely monitored the group. "In some ways, it was a cult of personality."

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