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Sweat lodge deaths cast negative spotlight on guru

Published 10/16/2009, Associated Press

James Arthur Ray led a group of more than 50 followers into a cramped, sauna-like sweat lodge in Arizona last week by convincing them that his words will lead them to spiritual and financial wealth. But Ray’s self-help empire was thrown into turmoil when two of his followers died after collapsing in the makeshift sweat lodge near Sedona, and 19 others were hospitalized. A homicide investigation that followed has cast a critical spotlight on Ray’s company.

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