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Pastor Rick Warren

Famous Evangelical's Son

Commits Suicide

4/6/2013 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0406-getty-pastor-rick-warrenThe youngest son of Saddleback Valley Community Church pastor Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long battle with mental illness.

Pastor Rick made the announcement Saturday at his church in Lake Forest, CA. He informed members of his congregation that his son Matthew took his own life Friday night. He was 27.

The church also released a statement, saying, "Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many. Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts.”

Rick is famous on the evangelical circuit -- he's the author of numerous Christian books, including "The Purpose Driven Life," which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. He also founded Saddleback Church in 1980, the 8th largest church in the U.S.


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tom p    

His son was probably gay and he is a huge gay hater. How many gay children have committed suicide because of his anti-gay teachings?

512 days ago


Gay or straight makes no difference here, a father has lost a child & it should NEVER be that way! But I have learned never put a question mark where GOD has placed a period

512 days ago


1-800-273-TALK Suicide prevention hotline

512 days ago

Suzy Q     

Pastor Hate told his congregation today that his son had " struggled from birth with mental illness".

What bull.

And this site has a photo of Matthew, not his father.

512 days ago


Committing suicide is a selfish act no one should be sad for him.

512 days ago


TMZ f*cked up having a story this serious open for random comments. You've opened the door for the same type of nonsense as all the shane gandee mockery that went waaaaay over the top.

512 days ago


This guy is a cult leader, and his purpose was to push fraud, in his books. Son probably didn't believe in that crap his dad pushed on to naive people, and have had to end it.

512 days ago

Suzy Q     

There has to be an investigation. There has been no information on the manner of death. If it's determined to be suicide, they will have to have proof of the mental illness claim made by Pastor Hate.

512 days ago


He is nothing but s snake in the grass, son saw through it and had to get away some how from this cult leader hands

512 days ago


under his retarded church bible blable crap don't that mean he's gone to the devil's playground then

512 days ago

Suzy Q     

Here is a fairly credible story.

They use the tems "announced" and "the statement said" aboout these claims of long term mental illness and they use a photo of Matt.

512 days ago


Id kill myself to if I was raised by that *******

512 days ago


Read the Bible. You will be transformed for all eternity if you place your trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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512 days ago


Why is @SuzyQ so invested in this article?

512 days ago
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