Thanks to the message boards at JWD, I recently learned that Raymond Franz has died. His books, Crisis of Conscience and In Search of Christian Freedom, did not play a part in my losing faith in the Watchtower Society. But they did for many other ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. For some ex-Witnesses, these books were the only things that allowed them to feel that they hadn’t gone crazy after all. Especially those whose family and former friends told them they had.
According to Wikipedia:
On May 30, 2010, Franz suffered a stroke. On June 2, his wife Cynthia had doctors remove life support, and Franz passed away not long after. He was 88.
One of the classier articles detailing some of Ray Franz’s life can be found here.