L. Ron Hubbard, Church of Scientology founder, dies - 1986-01-28
L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer who founded the controversial Church of Scientology three decades ago, has died of a stroke, the church announced last night. He was 74.
Hubbard, who had not been seen in public since 1980, died Friday at his ranch near San Luis Obispo, 150 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, said the Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International.