I always thought so, too. He was in hiding by his own choice, on the run, etc. But I think the end of his life may have been a different story.
ron was "in seclusion"
and he wasn't hiding from my circle. as i have reported a well respected usually honest friend and a very able classical guitarist spoke to me in the haight-ashbury a few days after running in to ron in a bar where he was gigging in phoenix