Monday, April 8, 2013

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Son Commits Suicide

In an emotional letter, Pastor Rick Warren of Lake Forest, Calif.-based Saddleback Church told his 20,000-strong congregation that his youngest son, Matthew, committed suicide on Friday.  Warren said that his son "suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts".

“In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”

Pastor Rick Warren said today he and his wife, Kay, are "overwhelmed" by the support they have received.

"Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words. You are all encouraging our #brokenhearts," Warren tweeted today to his almost 1 million followers.

Warren is the popular author of The Purpose Driven Life. According to the Saddleback website, "The Purpose Driven Life" is the best-selling non-fiction hardback book in history. The book begins with a simple premise: It's not about you. It was a hit -- and has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold tens of millions of copies.

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