Ray Franz Passed Away Today

by Amazing 54 Replies latest jw friends

  • Amazing

    I just received word that Ray Franz passed away today at 1:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The cause of death is stated as head trauma, likely due to falling to the ground, and a stroke could have also been part of the cause or a result of the fall. He died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta about 17 minutes after being taken off life support. I understand that Ray had previously requested that no funeral or memorial service be held and that he be cremated.

    I have no other information to share at this time, but as I receive anything new that is not already posted, I will post it to this board.

    I will personally miss him very much as he was most responsible for my liberation from mental enslavement to false teachings of the Watchtower. I appreciate his courage and candor in revealing what he knew in such a stunning and responsible manner. While my life has moved forward, it will always be impacted by what Ray Franz did in helping me and so many others. I am sure many hundreds of thousands of former JWs will miss Ray and find his passing a sad event ... but who share together a common bond of liberation with him.

    I hope and trust that Ray is now with the Lord enjoying eternal life in heaven.

    Jim W.

  • leavingwt

    His books helped me tremendously. I will always be grateful for his helping me to see behind WT curtain.

  • yknot

    Thanks Jim....

    A very sad day indeed....

    All of our thoughts are with Cynthia

  • Robdar

    Such sad news. His book helped my (elder) father leave the org.

    My condolences to the family.

  • BabaYaga

    It is lovely to see you, Amazing, and thank you for this post.

    There has been much discussion here about beloved Ray's passing.


  • mentallyfree31

    I listened to an audio recording last week and that was the first time I have ever heard Ray's actual voice. He was a great man and will be missed by many. He has changed my life forever!


  • garyneal

    Such sad news, my condolences for his family. His books are an inspiration to many including me.

  • Balsam

    He was a great man and impacted all of us who read his book. I hope his book will continue to be published for all the folks still needing to read it. Condolences to his wife and close friends.

    Ruth Baker

  • awaken2004

    Thank you for posting this. Sad in deed . . . My condolances to his loved ones.

  • Cagefighter

    I think all of you for posting your thoughts and how he helped you. It's like Solomon said the day of a man's death is better than his birth. Ray lived an honorable life. I will buy C of C and read it.

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