Ron Miscavige: Scientology leader David Miscavige’s dad is raising money for his OWN funeral
Ron Miscavige, the estranged father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has been forced to set up a GoFundMe page to pay for his own funeral. The 85-year-old co-author of ‘Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me’ has reportedly been fighting cancer and does not have long to live.
According to The Sun, his wife Becky Bigelow, who left the Church at the same time as Ron in 2012, wrote a Facebook post, saying: "It’s been quite the adventure and am blessed for our 31 years together. You’ve been my rock during rough times. You’ve been my guardian and, despite everything, you brought me home. Sadly, our time is running out. I’ll forever stand beside you, my love, my best friend, my husband."
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With 150 donors, the GoFundMe campaign at the time of writing this report had $7,888 raised of its $15,000 goal. Many of the donors expressed their admiration for Ron in the comments. One said, “Thank you Ron for ALL that you have shared, especially your personal experiences with your son, David Miscavige. You and Becky are in my thoughts and prayers.” Another donor wrote, “With love and endless admiration. Ron is truly lightning in a bottle.”
Richard Shaw, the organizer of the fundraiser, wrote in the page that he “met Ron Miscavige in the early 1980s. We played gigs throughout the years. I always liked his steadfast determination and hilarious real-life stories.”
In September 2020, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, Ron hit out at his son, calling him a "corrupt ruler". He told the tabloid that he was allegedly banned from seeing his two daughters and grandchildren after leaving the Church of Scientology. He also alleged he was trailed by private investigators, who even looked on as they thought he was having a heart attack.
"All I wanted to do when I left was to get on my life, but I had private investigators following me, being paid $10,000 a week to report on all of my doings between eight in the morning and eight at night," he said. "When I was being followed, I was shopping at a grocery store near my house, it was a summer's day and I had a pocket t-shirt on. I opened the door to put the groceries in, bent over, my cellphone was in the left-chest pocket and I thought it was going to fall out, so I grabbed my cell with my right arm, unbeknownst to me were two private investigators watching in a blacked out van, and one said: 'It looks like the target is having a heart attack, I’m going to call in’.”
Ron, in his explosive autobiography, admitted to assaulting his ex-wife, Loretta. In the book, Ron wrote, “There were times when I punched Loretta. I never slapped or hit her in the face, but, still, sometimes I did strike her. I might punch her in the arm or push her away when she was getting on me. She threw things at me — pots, pans, a pot of boiling coffee once.”