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Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Featured, Health, Mental Health, Religion, Society | 3 comments

Rev. Rick Warren’s Son, Dead by Suicide

matthew-warren The youngest son, Matthew, has committed suicide.

The evangelical megachurch called Saddleback Church, announced the death of the 27-year-old today Saturday. The son died Friday night.

Described in the church statement as a good person who “suffered from mental illness that resulted in deep depression and suicidal thoughts…“Despite the best healthcare available, this was an illness that was never fully controlled and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life… “We ask everyone to join us in praying for the entire Warren family and that God’s comfort and peace will be with them as they deal with this difficult situation.”

Founded by Pastor Warren, Saddleback serves the Southern California community with many locations.
Warren is the author of, “The Purpose Driven Life,” which the church said has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Pastor Warren has been prominent in politics, taking a religious conservative viewpoint on social concerns. He was recently on Piers Morgan CNN show speaking about his views of gay marriage.

May, if I can say, this spur on even more research throughout the world that can bring intervening ways that truly help persons who are afflicted with endogenous depression, so they can be and remain productive, have a wide world view without being dogged by pain, be loving, hale, healthy, and alive. For the sake of the person, and also very much so, for the sake of their often weary and frightened families and all those they come into contact with who dearly wish they had a magic wand that could take away all pain, but know they do not.

May Matthew, rest in peace.

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  • KP

    So incredibly sad. As a parent who has come so close to losing my child to cancer over the last decade, I feel great empathy for this family, and Matthew.

    From Pastor Warren: “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.”


  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I agree KP. Our children are our only treasure that I know of. I just hopethat Rev. Warren and his wife and family can get away from media persona of ‘THE rick warren’ so they can all just go to pieces and mourn and be comforted as needed. I learned at Columbine that a million people literally can send you sympathies, one can have huge tv satellite trucks all over the memorialand cemetary grounds and broadcast everyone’s grief to the world… and it is touching, but/and the real mourning is done alone. And it is not pretty. And it is not photogenic. And it most often has no cohesive words.

    For others reading this article, there is a group called Compassionate Friends that helps people whohave lost a child of any age by any means. There are chapters across the country, and in other countries also.

  • Today

    I am sorry. I would not wish this on anyone. Having watched a close family member suffer depression for years and eventually die of suicide, I am aware of the hell that my family member must have struggled through to remain alive and the scars that are still deep in our family after 35 years. I wish every person who suffers from depression and/or “mental illness” will seek medical help as soon as possible and increase their odds of get well sooner.

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