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'Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Author Admits To Making It Up

The book "Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" is going back to the publisher.

Alex Malarkey, the then-six year old who claimed he died and briefly visited heaven, who detailed his experience in the book "Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" has admitted he made the whole thing up.

The 2010 book, written by Alex and his father Kevin, describes what Alex said he experienced after a 2004 car accident left him paralyzed and in a coma for six months. But now in an open letter published on the website Pulpit & Pen, Alex admits the story was fabricated.

He wrote, "I did not die. I did not go to heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention."

The now sixteen year old adds he made the claims prior to reading the Bible, and that he doesn't want to continue profiting from lies like so many others.

His father, Kevin, has not yet commented on his son's announcement, but his mother, Beth, blogged a few months ago that she was troubled by the book.

"It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book 'Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' not only continue to sell, but to continue, for the most part, to not be questioned. [...] Alex's name and identity are being used against his wishes.... How can this be going on? Great question.... How did it get this far?... Another great question."

According to the Washington Post, Tyndale House, the publisher of the book, announced they will immediately stop selling the book. While the book will be taken off shelves, other similar books continue to sell. Books like "90 Minutes In Heaven" and "Heaven Is For Real" are bestselling Christian books, though they are highly criticized within the Christian community.

At the very least Alex Malarkey's story was just that... malarkey.

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Dr. Raymond Onders, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at University Hospital's Case Western Reserve Medical Center, leans over to show Alex Malarkey, 10, of Bellefontaine the size of the artificial breathing unit he will be able to use instead of the 200 lbs. of equipment he has to carry with him now January 8, 2009 with his mother Beth (R) at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Alex will undergo the surgery Friday morning at UH, making him the youngest child in the world to have it. This surgery has allowed adult quadriplegics to sail solo and skydive. 

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Alex Malarkey, 10, center, beams as he and his stuffed dog, "Doggie", pack up for home after life-changing surgery at University Hospitals on Friday, January 9, 2009. On left is nurse practitioner Mary Jo Elmo. On right is Alex's mother Beth Malarkey. "Doggie", who is wearing a surgical cap, was even with Alex during his surgery. Alex, from Huntsville, Ohio, underwent spinal surgery Friday morning at UH, making him the youngest child in the world to have it type of surgery. Alex, who's spine was injured in a car accident when he was 6, can now get around (not sure for how long) without being attached to his 200-poound ventilator.

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Beth Malarkey, left, covers up her son, Alex, right, after surgery with a blanket as Alex's father, Kevin, watches at University Hospital's Case Western Reserve Medical Center Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Cleveland. Alex Malarkey, 10, paralyzed in a car crash became the youngest person to receive a device tested by the late "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve that allows patients to breathe without a ventilator. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Beth and Kevin Malarkey, left to right, talk with their son Alex after surgery at University Hospital's Case Western Reserve Medical Center Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Cleveland. Alex Malarkey, 10, paralyzed in a car crash became the youngest person to receive a device tested by the late "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve that allows patients to breathe without a ventilator. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Photo of the diaphragm pacing system that Alex Malarkey will use instead of a ventilator, is displayed on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Cleveland. Malarkey, 10, paralyzed in a car crash became the youngest person to receive a device tested by the late "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve that allows patients to breathe without a ventilator. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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