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James Ray: Sweat lodge deaths anguish me every day

James Ray on CNN Monday night. (Source: CNN) James Ray on CNN Monday night. (Source: CNN)
James Ray in court (Source: CBS 5 News) James Ray in court (Source: CBS 5 News)
ATLANTA (CBS5) -

Self-help author James Ray says he's sorry about the deaths of three people at a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony in northern Arizona.

Ray, who was convicted in the deaths, served 20 months in prison.

He told CNN Monday night the anguish has continued every day and he wishes he could change what happened.

The family of one of the victims was not happy about Ray's TV appearance.

[Click here to read the full statement from Kirby Brown's family (PDF)]

On Oct. 8, 2009, Ray led his final "Spiritual Warrior" retreat at the Angel Valley resort.

Attendees paid $10,000 to participate and fasted for a day and a half before the retreat's final event, the sweat lodge.

The lodge was a low, circular hut covered with blankets and tarps. Rocks were heated and placed inside with participants for spiritual cleansing.

The sweat lodge went horribly wrong, sending nearly 20 people to the hospital and killing Liz Newman, James Shore and Kirby Brown.

[Related: Search cbs5az.com for more James Ray coverage]

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