Pastor Rick Warren’s Son Found Dead From Suicide

Taken from   NBC News  which is located   HERE.

The youngest son of Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” has committed suicide, the evangelical pastor said in a letter to members of his church on Saturday.

Matthew Warren, the youngest son of Warren and his wife Kay, died after a long struggle with mental illness, according to the statement from Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif. The church asked for “everyone to join us in praying for the entire Warren family” on Saturday.

“At 27 years of age, Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many,” Saddleback Church said in the statement. “Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts.”

Matthew Warren was found dead of what appeared to be suicide by gunshot in his home in Mission Viejo, Calif., said Supervising Deputy Dan Aikin of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department. The estimated time of death was 10 a.m. on Friday morning.

The sheriff’s department was called to the home at about 5:15 p.m., Aikin told NBC News. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Warren wrote about his son’s death in an emotional letter to his church, calling his son “an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man.”

“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now,” Warren wrote in the letter. “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.”

“In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided,” Warren wrote 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.”

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5 Responses

  1. This is tragic and our prayers go out to Pastor Warren and his family.

  2. Dear God,
    The news of this man’s death makes me want to cry. His father has done so much for people who are in recovery. I suspect it was his son that brought him into wanting to reach out to those who struggle with addiction and mental illness. Thank you for the life of this man’s son and the encouragement that he has given others. Please be with his family and friends as they mourn his unfortunate death. Help them to remember that they didn’t cause his death. The question of why may never be answered. But You are with them. Amen

  3. This was so sad and surprising. I know we prayed for the Warren family today in my church. Prayers will go up all over the world. I pray that God sometimes uses this terrible situation for His glory! Perhaps more ministries will be started to reach out to the hurting like Matthew!

  4. I personally know this kind of loss. Mental Illness is a far-reaching sickness, knowing no boundaries. Even God’s children are vulnerable. We can never know the answer this side of Heaven. God be with the parents, family, and friends. I pray that this will be a catalyst for research into all facets of mental illness and the cures we have yet to have.

    Dale…Brandon’s MOM

  5. Thanks for the comments. Sadly it often takes a “big name” to bring much needed attention to an issue. The church needs to be more proactive in the area of mental health. I pray the day soon comes when the church will see that mental illness is not a weakness, not a sin issue, not a not reading your bible enough issue, not a lack of service issue, but instead a sickness just as real as cancer and diabetes.

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