I can easily believe that thousands did all through the Watchtowers glory years but especially after '95 the whole thing has been unravelling.
Kidding yourself to maintain family relationships and social networks is *somewhat* understandable in life but on your deathbed?
I think the demographic for JW's may actually get younger as time goes on. Maybe that's counter intuitive but I just don't see enough members staying for the long run into retirement under the jw.org regime. The churn rate will increase and the elder crisis will only deepen. Baptising 10 year olds is just a cynical ploy to buy time.
Folks say the Watchtower will always survive in some form, I'm not so sure. Whatever happens, we need to be ready for an increase in newbies, lurkers and faders. Modern dubs won't be loyal to their last breath.