Boy admits he didn’t go to heaven, prompting publisher to pull book

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Alex Malarkey, who claimed in the best-selling book, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” that he visited heaven and saw angels while in a coma, has recanted his story.

In an open letter published on the website of the Christian book retailer LifeWay, Malarkey wrote, "I did not die. I did not go to Heaven." The boy claims he made the heaven claims to get attention.

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NPR confirmed with the book's publisher, Tyndale House, that it was taking the book and related products out of circulation.

The book was labeled a “spiritual memoir” and told how the then 6-year-old boy visited heaven after he was in a car wreck that paralyzed him and left him in a coma for two months.

The boy and his father were co-authors for the book. The mother has spoken out against the book online since last year. The boy, now a teenager, decided it was time to set the record straight.