Danny Ray Johnson (October 18, 1960 – December 13, 2017) was a religious leader and US politician whose many extravagant lifetime claims were refuted in an exposé released two days before his suicide. Married twice with five children, Johnson was originally from Louisiana, but had settled in Kentucky's Louisville metropolitan area by the 1980s. Throughout his life, Johnson claimed to have been involved with many prominent Americans and in many important US events, however evidence would later come to light disputing most of these claims.
After becoming involved with Christianity in his youth, Johnson traveled with missionaries in Tennessee and South America before founding a controversial Louisville-area church in the late 1970s—Heart of Fire Church. With Johnson as its "bishop", Heart of Fire eschewed the trappings of traditional Christian churches, and instead at times featured toplessness, cigarette-smoking, underage drinking, anti-Islamism, and a tattoo parlor. The victim of arson in 2000, the church was rebuilt after Johnson was sued by his insurance provider.
It was the 2010s when Johnson became politically active, and despite a controversial campaign that included his own party leadership asking for his withdrawal, he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives from the 49th District. After 11 months and nine days in office, an exposé by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting was publicly released; it included many refutations of Johnson's self-biography, as well as details about a 2013 child sexual abuse allegation. After denying the accusations of his alleged victim, Johnson committed suicide by gun on December 13, 2017.