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Third person dies in sweat lodge case

October 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A third person who attended a Sedona-area retreat has died more than a week after being overcome in a sweat lodge ceremony.

Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., had multiple organ damage and was in a coma before she died Saturday at a Flagstaff hospital.

Self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray had rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center for his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event.

Sheriff's investigators in Yavapai County are treating the three deaths as homicides.

Ray wrote on his Facebook page that he was deeply saddened by the death of Neuman, whom he had known for more than seven years.

"Liz was an amazing woman who touched so many lives," he wrote.

He added: "Liz, you're in our hearts forever."

A lawyer for Neuman's family said it planned to sue.

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