Ray sat in shade as MN sweat lodge client was dragged from tent

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James Arthur Ray told his "spiritual warrior" clients that they might feel like they were going to die in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony on Oct. 8, according to court documents made public on Monday. Then Ray sat in a shaded chair outside the lodge as two of them did. A third, Liz Neuman, of Prior Lake, died nine days later in a Flagstaff hospital.

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The New York Times republished the documents in full on its Web site. At one point, the documents say that Ray told a client fearing a heart attack and death during the ceremony, "It's a good day to die."

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Neuman never regained consciousness after being dragged from the sweat lodge. Her family said she trusted Ray, and they hold him responsible for her death.

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James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee, and Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y., were the other two clients to die that day. Eighteen others were injured in the ceremony.

Ray, a very wealthy motivational author and speaker, is the focus of a homicide investigation following the deaths. He denies any wrongdoing, and left this message on his Web site in late October:

In the days following the terrible accident, I struggled to respond in the right way. This is the most emotionally wrenching situation I've ever faced, and it's now clear I must dedicate all of my physical and emotional energies to helping bring some sort of closure to this matter. That means helping the authorities and the families get to the bottom of what happened.

Here's some new video related to the case:


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