Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Self-help guru's negligence leads to deaths

Millionaire self-help guru James Arthur Ray (center) with peers (AP).

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The family of a Minnesota woman who died more than a week after being overcome in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony said Sunday that she prided herself on leading a healthy and active life. Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake suffered multiple organ damage and was in a coma before she died Saturday at a Flagstaff hospital. She was among dozens crowded into the sweat lodge on Oct. 8 at a resort just outside Sedona, a town 115 miles north of Phoenix that draws many in the New Age spiritual movement. More>>

Angel Valley Retreat Center in Sedona, Ariz. where two followers of self-help guru James Arthur Ray died and nineteen others were injured during a sweat lodge ceremony (AP/Ross D. Franklin).