Westboro Baptist Church Founder Dies

Published 03/20 2014 12:17PM

Updated 03/20 2014 12:40PM

Fred Phelps Sr.
Fred Phelps Sr.
(TOPEKA, Kan.) The founder of Westboro Baptist Church has died.

According to Kansas First News, family members confirmed that the Rev. Fred Phelps, Sr. passed away late Wednesday. He was 84 years old.

Phelps' church in Topeka, Kan. is known for anti-gay protests at military funerals.

The actions of the church sparked funeral protest laws all across the country and even made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, a free-speech ruling declared Westboro and its members couldn't be sued for monetary damages for inflicting pain on grieving families.

The church released a statement on its blog, but told ABC News there will be no further comment.

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