Rick Warren's Son Matthew, 27, Commits Suicide

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Warren's youngest son battled with mental illness for many years.

NBC News reported that Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., wrote in a letter to his congregation on Saturday that his youngest son had committed suicide the day before. Matthew Warren, 27, suffered a lifelong battle with mental illness including depression and suicidal thoughts. Matthew took his own life at his home in Mission Viejo Friday morning.

Warren wrote in letter to his church that his son was “an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man.”

“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now,” Warren wrote. “He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He’d then make a bee-line to that person to engage and encourage them.”

The Washington Post wrote Matthew told his father years ago that “after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said ‘Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain?’”

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

Please join with the staff of ChurchLeaders in prayer for God’s strength and mercy for the Warren family.

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  • Marsha Smith

    My deepest sympathy to the Warren family. The pain they must be experiencing is beyond my comprehension. Sending prayers for this precious family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.battistuzzi Chris Battistuzzi

    Mental illness is so devastating & can hit anyone, Christian or not. Sorry Rick & family have to go through this pain. They know that Matthew is with God now. He believed.

  • Ike

    Terrible, terrible news. The entry of sin into the world has brought all manner of disease and illness, including depression. Let us all pray for the Warren family and all those with depression, as well as loved ones affected by depressive illness of sufferers world wide. By the stripes of Yeshua they are healed…

  • Gilbert Shea

    May God help the Warren family. It’s the worst thing a family can experience. Your not supposed to outlive your children. God help them.

  • Allen

    as fathers we want to change the past. Rick, hang in there, you know that God loves you and you know that He is using you!!

  • Booker Israel

    May God’s grace and comfort be truly sufficient for the Warrens family .

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