The 27-year-old son of the Rev. Rick Warren, one of America’s most influential religious anti-gay leaders, committed suicide, Mr. Warren said in an e-mail released on Saturday to staff members and congregants at his 20,000-member Saddleback Valley Community Church.
NBC News reported that Warren was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound around 10 a.m. Friday in his home in Mission Viejo, Calif., according to supervising deputy Dan Aikin of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department.
Rick Warren said in the e-mail that his youngest son, Matthew, had “struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts.” After a happy evening with his parents, the e-mail said, “in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”
Mr. Warren said that he and his wife, Kay, often marveled at Matthew Warren’s “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.”
Mathew was a member of the mega-church for his entire life.
Reports indicate the suicide occurred at 10 am Friday, yet the police were only called to the home at 5:15pm.
Source NY Times