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Days before jumping to his death, actor Brad Bufanda credited Scientology with saving his life

  In August, Brad Bufanda, a 34-year-old actor and chiseled gym instructor, showed up for an initial table reading of an independent film he’d landed a role for.

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Garry Scarff, 1956-2017: A complex figure and dogged researcher

  Thanks to Jeffrey Augustine, we received confirmation Monday night that Garry Scarff died on April 12 at the age of 60, apparently without notice in the Scientology critic community.

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Ray Emmons, 1942-2017: Clearwater’s cop who sniffed out Scientology’s secrets

[Ray Emmons, left, with Robert Peterson at Flag Down in 2014]

Yesterday, Ray Emmons died of a heart attack. He was 75. We’re remembering him here at the Underground Bunker with the help of Robert Peterson, 68, who got to know Ray when Bob was working for the Lisa McPherson Trust in 2000.

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Bernie Feshbach, 1923-2017: A man who fought against Scientology in his own way

  In January, we tried to reach Bernie Feshbach by telephone, but he emailed us to say that he had checked in at a VA hospital.

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Scientology loses its best fundraiser at perhaps the worst possible time

[Davie Lurie and his sister Charmaine Roger]

Word has gradually made its way out of Scientology’s Florida headquarters — the Flag Land Base, in Clearwater — that a key figure there has died. One of the things “Flag” is known for is that it brings in more money than all the rest of Scientology’s worldwide […]

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Leonard Cohen: This awful year strikes again with the loss of a transcendent genius

  You probably heard the news last night that Leonard Cohen died at 82. And today, you’ll be seeing some really great remembrances of him and the many different chapters of his life as an author, a songwriter, and a performer. (New Yorker editor David Remnick profiled Cohen in a brilliant piece just last […]

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Kathy Slevin, sister who attacked Paul Haggis on behalf of Scientology, dies at 60

  Last year, when Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear opened at theaters and then aired on HBO, Scientology leader David Miscavige struck back in a very characteristic way — with websites and videos denouncing Gibney and the people who appeared in the film.

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Megan Shields, the physician Scientology used to vouch for its drug rehabs, dies of cancer

[Megan Shields and her husband, George Duggan]

We learned last night that Dr. Megan Shields, a Glendale physician and OT 8 Scientologist who had been doctor to many Church of Scientology members in the Los Angeles area, died last week after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 68.

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That time Muhammad Ali got blindsided by the Church of Scientology

  Like the rest of the world, we’re remembering Muhammad Ali today with the passing of one of the 20th century’s most intriguing personalities. Like you, we’re seeing a lot of great pieces about Ali’s career as an athlete and his memorable quotes as a human being, one of the best known human beings […]

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David Bowie, 1947-2016

  “We used to call him Garson The Parson in the Spiders, poor love, when he was into Scientology. But it did cause us one or two problems. I was thinking about having him back in the band and the thing that really clinched it was hearing that he was no longer a Scientologist.”

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