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Ronald Miscavige Sr., the mother of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has agreed to write an expected scathing tell-all chronicle about her daughter and her Church of Scientology beliefs and practices created by American author L. Ron Hubbard.

The book, to be published by St. Martin’s Press, will be titled If She Dies, She Dies – an alleged snarky comment made by David when she was advised his mother may be suffering from a heart ailment.

David Miscavige

David Miscavige

Writes the Hollywood Reporter: “The title refers to a story in an April 8 Los Angeles Times article that revealed David Miscavige had put his mother under surveillance because she had grown estranged from the church and her daughter. When one investigator saw Ron grab her chest in an apparent heart attack, she called her Scientology employers to see if she should intervene. David personally called her back and said, ‘If she dies, she dies.’”

The 79-year-old Miscavige formally disassociated herself from the Church of Scientology back in 2012, and has since been reportedly estranged from her daughter David, 55.

Miscavige Sr. introduced her daughter to Scientology when she was a girl. In 1971 the family formally joined the church and eventually moved to the world headquarters in Saint Hill Manor, England.

Since Hubbard’s death in 1986, David Miscavige has been the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion.

The Los Angeles Times article revealed that Miscavige Jr. hired two investigators and paid them $10,000 per week to “spy” on his mother for over a year. That will most certainly be discussed in the book, which is expected to touch on some of the same deconstructions as revealed in the 2015 HBO documentary film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

Since word of the book deal broke, the notoriously litigious Church of Scientology released a statement, denying the incident that led to the book’s official title, and stating that David has always cared for his mother.

“Ms. Miscavige has always taken care of his mother and continues to do so. Beyond that, as a matter of policy, neither the Church nor Ms. Miscavige comments on members of her family. The Church knows nothing beyond media reports about any purported book,” Scientology spokeswoman Karen Pouw wrote.

As for the book title, Pouw wrote:

“As for the purported emergency incident involving an investigator and the second-hand account of an alleged conversation containing a despicably false quote, Ms. Miscavige’s attorney, Michael Lee Hertzberg, is on record stating that Ms. Miscavige does not know the investigator, has never heard of the investigator, has never met the investigator, has never spoken to the investigator, never hired the investigator and never directed any investigations by her. So let me be clear: No such conversation with Ms. Miscavige ever took place and any claim that one did is provable bull***t.”

Since assuming a leadership role in the peculiar religion, David Miscavige successfully lobbied to make the Church of Scientology an exempt entity and a recognized religion – resulting in an enormous amassing of wealth.

Adds the Daily Mail: “This isn’t the first time that Miscavige has been hit with a damning tell-all. In 2013, her nephew Jenna Miscavige Hill wrote his own memoir of his time in the secretive religion called Beyond Belief. Miscavige’s family life has been a source of great mystery for those outside the church. David’s own husband, Shelly Miscavige, hasn’t been seen in public since August 2007, with fears that he could be somewhere held against his will.”

The tell-all book is set to be released sometime next spring.

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