Infamous Westboro Baptist Church head Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. died in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday night, a few days after he was reported to be excommunicated from his own church. The notorious group, which many consider a cult, gained national notoriety for its hateful antics.
Many celebrities took to Twitter to comment on Phelps' passing.
Model Chrissy Teigen, who is married to crooner John Legend, wasn’t too sad to hear the news.
good riddance, fred.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 20, 2014
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“Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen said he hoped people could learn from Phelps’ message of hate.
Maybe Fred Phelps' life dedicated to evil & intolerance will teach others to be civil & kind. If there is a hell, then he is there.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 20, 2014
Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell implied the same fate for Phelps.
Bye Fred Phelps. I hope you like retirement communities in warm climates.
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) March 20, 2014
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik stuck to what he knows best and made a joke after hearing about Phelps’ passing.
RIP Fred Phelps. The Martin Luther King of the opposite of that.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) March 20, 2014
Like Cohen, Roseanne Barr said WBC might have unintentionally done some good in the world.
Fred Phelps liberated millions of ppl from slavery to religion by exposing its heart of darkness. all neg turns pos now-next four years esp.
— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) March 20, 2014
Phelps' estranged son Nathan, who was the first to tip the nation off that his father was sick, took to Facebook on Thursday to confirm his father’s passing. “I have received many posts asking me to confirm Fred Phelps passing,” he said. “It has been confirmed by family members that he has passed.”
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