It was announced this morning (June 2nd) that Raymond Franz passed away due to a stroke injuries he suffered on May 30, 2010.
Mr. Franz was a much-loved and respected Christian all of his life. As active and dedicated Jehovah’s Witnesses, he and his wife served for over 40 years in various assignments, primarily in the Caribbean and at Watchtower headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. He was a former missionary and member of the Watchtower Society’s Governing Body. Since the early 1980s, after leaders of the Watchtower Society excommunicated him, he lived privately and quietly in the southeastern United States.
Franz spent much of his time writing about his experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness, publishing Crisis of Conscience and In Search of Christian Freedom. These two books are among the most widely read personal essays on the history and teachings of the Watchtower Society.
According to sources close to his wife, Cynthia, Ray requested that there be no funeral or memorials. We will publish further announcements and links to other sites as more information becomes available to us.