Rick Warren: Pastor’s Son Commits Suicide

Sun, April 7, 2013 10:44am EST by 4 Comments
Rick Warren Son Suicide
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How tragic. The son of the megachurch pioneer and best-selling writer committed suicide on Apr. 6, according to a statement released by the Warren family. Matthew Warren was 27 years old.

It’s a very sad day for megachurch pastor, Rick Warren, and his family — after a lifelong battle with mental illness and depression, his 27-year-old son, Matthew Warren, committed suicide.

Rick Warren’s Son Commits Suicide

In a statement released by Saddleback Valley Community Church — Rick’s church that averages over 20,000 people in attendance — it was confirmed that Matthew took his own life in his home in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The church’s statement went on to explain that Matthew struggled with deep depression for most of his life: “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,” the church said.

Rick, who has also sold millions of copies of his motivational book The Purpose Driven Life, tragically recalled, “I’ll never forget how, many years ago, 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?'”

Matthew Warren Was ‘Incredibly Kind, Gentle, & Compassionate’

The grieving father also managed to remember the good things about his son: “You who watched Matthew grow up knew he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man,” the pastor 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.”

Another pastor will fill in for Rick on Sunday, Apr. 7, as he spends time with his family. Our thoughts go out to the Warrens, their family and friends.

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Rev j jones

Posted at 9:26 PM on April 7, 2013  

A double tragedy indeed, the loss of a son and the fact that his poor soul will spend eternity in damnation for committing the sin of suicide, the only solace we can all have is that it is all part of gods plan..

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Posted at 8:09 PM on April 7, 2013  

This probably occurred because the pastor molested his son repeatedly.

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Anthony K.C.Collins

Posted at 3:13 PM on April 7, 2013  

Dear pastor Warren and Family,

Let me extend my condolence to you and your family. The death of brother Matthew Warren is an irreplaceable loss to you and the entire body of Christ. I want you know the Lord said, He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Take solace in the Lord.

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Posted at 1:51 PM on April 7, 2013  


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