Self-help guru on sweat lodge deaths: I feel horrible

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James Arthur Ray By Alicia Barron James Arthur Ray By Alicia Barron

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A motivational speaker who led a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona that turned deadly says that he feels horrible about what happened but declines to comment on whether he was responsible for the deaths.

In his first public remarks about the incident, James Arthur Ray instead refers to letters drafted by his attorneys that say he was not criminally negligent. His comments were made to New York Magazine for a story posted Monday.

Ray led more than 50 people in a sweat lodge ceremony Oct. 8 at a retreat he rented in Sedona. Three died and 18 others were hospitalized.

Authorities have focused a homicide investigation on Ray, though no charges have been filed.

Ray says he wasn't aware anyone was experiencing medical problems until after the 2-hour sweat lodge ceremony.

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