Sheriff-Coroner Declines To Conduct Inquest In Hubbard Death - 1986-02-06
A coroner has rejected a request for an inquest into the death of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, saying there's no reason to doubt that he died of a stroke.
At the time of Hubbard's death, he was attended by Dr. Eugene Denk of Los Angeles, who signed the death certificate citing stroke as the cause of death, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner George S. Whiting said Tuesday.
"There is no information obtained during the inquiry to suggest death resulted from other than the cause stated by the physician," Whiting said.
Ron DeWolf, Hubbard's disinherited son, had requested an inquest into the Jan. 24 death of Hubbard, a reclusive millionaire science fiction author whose books formed the basis of Scientology. DeWolf, who changed his name, contends Scientology is fraudulent.