January 18, 2017 | Updated at 07:06 AM EST The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Rick Warren Son Dead: Matthew Warren Commits Suicide at 27 After Suffering From Mental Illness

World famous megachurch pastor Rick Warren's son Matthew has tragically committed suicide, according to an email sent by Warren to staff at the famous Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

By Jennifer Lee, EnStars on Apr 06, 2013 04:06 PM EDT
Tag :   rick warren
facebook tweet this pin it reddit plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
Rick Warren
Best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren (Photo : RickWarren.com)
Rev. Rick Warren speaks during The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church during the 2009 King Holiday Observance in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2009.
Rev. Rick Warren speaks during The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church during the 2009 King Holiday Observance in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2009. (Photo : Reuters)

World famous megachurch pastor Rick Warren's son Matthew has tragically committed suicide, according to an email sent by Warren to staff at the famous Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

Warren, who is famed for his writing the best-seller The Purpose Driven Life, has expressed his sadness over the death of his 27-year-old son, who has long suffered from mental illness.

Warren wrote in the email:

Over the past 33 years we've been together through every kind of crisis. Kay and I've been privileged to hold your hands as you faced a crisis or loss, stand with you at gravesides, and prayed for you when ill. Today, we need your prayer for us.

No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. Our youngest son, Matthew, age 27, and a lifelong member of Saddleback, died today.

You who watched Matthew grow up knew he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man. 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.

But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even 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.

Kay and I often marveled at his courage to keep moving in spite of relentless pain. 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?" but he kept going for another decade.

Thank you for your love and prayers. We love you back.

Pastor Rick

Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies around the world, making him a New York Times bestselling author.

Since the announcement of his son's death, Warren has received an outpouring of love and support on his Facebook page. 

"Praying for strength for you and your family Pastor Rick. Your precious Matthew is at peace now in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. We love you!" one user wrote.

Another user wrote: "We grieve with you as your church family."

© 2017 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Latest News

Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler's New Novel Could Reveal Reality Star's Experience, Abby Lee Miller's Secrets

Maddie Ziegler might tell it all about Abby Lee Miller and "Dance Moms" in "The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir."

UFO

An Astronaut Put Hand Over Mysterious Blip That Looked Like UFO

A video that captured a flashing light in the sky seemed to be suddenly camouflaged by an astronaut's hand.

AMD 7th Gen PRO Processors

AMD Ryzen Release Slated At GDC 2017; Specs Features And Price Detailed

AMD's upcoming CPU Ryzen is anticipated to be released at GDC 2017. Also, its specs, features, and price are also detailed.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6 Registrations Already Crossed 1 Million Ahead Of January 19 Flash Sale

Nokia 6 registrations already crossed 1 million ahead of its January 19 flash sale in China.

EgyptAir

EgyptAir 804 Crash Reportedly Caused By Exploding iPhone

New reports say that an exploding iPhone may be the cause of the EgyptAir 804 Crash, killing 66 people.

Real Time Analytics