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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Ex-LDS Couple's Fast Ends In Starving Death
Edmonton Alberta Canada News (CP) 13Mar00 D2
By Canadian Press

CALGARY ALBERTA CANADA -- The wife in a couple that left the LDS Church to found their own cult starved to death when the two entered a protracted fast, according to media reports. Jason Samuel Lee, 30, and his wife Eda Diane Lee, 26, had been excommunicated from the LDS Church three years ago because of their beliefs.

The Lees embarked on the fast after Jason Lee came to believe that God had told him to fast for 40 days and nights as Christ had done. The couple then hitch-hiked to Canmore, Canada and hiked onto a mountain plateau where they began their fast. The couple both weakened as the fast progressed, and on the day that Eda died, Lee says God told him to get water for her to drink. But by the time he fetched water from a nearby creek, she had died.

Lee has been charged with unlawful disposal of human remains, after he wrapped his wife's body in religious clothing and a sleeping bag, and left it in a crevice on the mountain. Police do not suspect foul play in Eda's death.

Former friends reportedly became afraid of Jason Lee when they feared he was using his religious fervour to recruit disciples to follow him as a cult leader.

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'Voices Of God'
Calgary Alberta Canada Sun 13Mar00 D2
By Peter Smith: Calgary Sun
More details emerge in deadly cult fast


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