Son of Pastor Rick Warren Kills Himself
Matthew Warren succumbed to 'wave of despair'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 6, 2013 5:17 PM CDT
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Churc.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, FILE)

(Newser) – The Southern California church headed by popular evangelical Pastor Rick Warren said his 27-year-old son committed suicide today. Warren's Saddleback Valley Community Church near Los Angeles said in a statement that Matthew Warren had struggled with mental illness and deep depression. "Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many," the church's statement said.

"Despite the best health care available, this was an illness that was never fully controlled and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life." Rick Warren, the author of the best-selling The Purpose Driven Life, said in an email to church staff that he and his wife had enjoyed a fun evening yesterday with their son. But Matthew Warren took his life today after "a momentary wave of despair at his home." Over the years, Matthew Warren had been treated by America's best doctors, medication, counselors, and prayers for healing, Warren said.

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JT119
Apr 8, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
Most Christians dont live by the teaching of the CHRIST. The CHRIST said " IF A MAN HAS 100 SHEEP AND ONE GOES ASTRAY DOESNT THAT MAN LEAVE THE 99 AND GO LOOK FOR THAT ONE THAT IS MISSING, These pastors are trying to save every body else and their own family is in disarray, He must have known that his son had issues, what did he do to help ? and what was the cause of his issues? we can all speculate but it but it comes down to one thing, take care of your own, before you try to save others.
wei2szu
Apr 7, 2013 10:45 PM CDT
I think the pastor killed him as a publicity stunt.
right2dave
Apr 7, 2013 7:16 PM CDT
And this is news why? Let the parents morn the loss of their sick son.