A Final Comment
Oprah promoted James Arthur Ray. She featured him on air. She discussed his self-help advice.
He hosted an October 2009 "Spiritual Warrior" retreat. He led a sweat lodge ceremony.
Three participants died. Eighteen others were hospitalized. They suffered severe burns, dehydration, breathing problems, kidney failure, and hyperthermia.
They paid around $10,000 each to attend. Native Americans don't pay to pray.
They fasted 36 hours. They abstained from water for 48 hours. It was part of a vision quest exercise. It proceeded the sweat lodge ceremony.
A wrongful death lawsuit followed. It claimed negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and other charges. Compensatory and punitive damages were sought.
In February 2010, Ray was arrested. Weeks later he was released on bond. He settled for over $3 million.