Fred Phelps, founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church has passed away on March 19 at the age of 84 from natural causes, the officials have confirmed.
Phelps founded the church in 1955 and played a great role in shaping the organization's bad reputation. As CNN reports, Westboro picketed over 53,000 events, ranging from pop concerts to funerals of US soldiers.
The church's picketing mostly featured about a dozen of members charging the given event, brandishing such signs as "God Hates F-gs" or "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Westboro's preachings insist that any tragedy, ranging from natural disasters to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, is the punishment of God for the country's acceptance of homosexuality.
Although some expressed condolences and hope for Fred to truly find God in the afterlife, most of the public openly celebrated the death of "the most hated Man in America." The church on the other hand condemned the media for "gleefully anticipating" Phelps' death.
"God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world," the statement reads.
Some of the prominent rock musicians also shared their thoughts on Fred's passing via Twitter. "Burn in your own proverbial hell," Disturbed frontman David Draiman said, with Oderus Urungus of GWAR adding, "So Fred Phelps died before I could get my hands on him? Lucky f--ker! Please to be p-ssing on his grave!"
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) March 20, 2014
So Fred Phelps died before I could get my hands on him? Lucky fucker! Please to be pissing on his grave!
— Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) March 20, 2014