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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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Johnny Carcinoma    

In the US, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

376 days ago
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Jennifer    

Ironic that he's a motivational speaker but can't save his own son.

376 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Never heard of him but never-the-less, Rest in Peace.

376 days ago
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smorbie    

My prayers go with him and his family. I have that type of depression of which he is speaking. The suicidal thoughts are almost always there, like a default thinking pattern, or a screen saver. It's tough, and I think about it even when I'm not really depressed. It's a type of obsession.

376 days ago
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Amy    

Very sad.

376 days ago
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Curious Jane    

Isn't it true that Matthew Warren wasn't mentally ill but just gay?

376 days ago
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Kelly     

Probably just another gay kid driven mad by rejection from those who were supposed to protect him but chose their cult instead.

376 days ago
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Ahha!    

Oh my goodness. So sorry for his loved ones. As a Christian who suffers from depression, I am particularly sorry to hear this. I know his pain must've been deep but suicide is not the cure.

376 days ago
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Boogie Onerism    

We need a huge pill name wake up america. These mental handicaps are digressing our youth. "Slippin" by DMX we need a revolution and a revelation.

376 days ago
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charles    

R.I.P.

376 days ago
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Wow ...    

RIP

376 days ago
12.

Vinny    

that's sad.

376 days ago
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Truth    

THE HYPOCRISY IN THE CHURCH CONTINUES... POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

376 days ago
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Truth is    

27 club member?! Mind control....I do not trust mega church pastors.....he had to sacrifice someone for all that book money he's getting...truth

376 days ago
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PureRadiance    

That's really sad. Prayers to the family.

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