This is sad and heartbreaking. Pastor Rick Warren’s son, who has reportedly long dealt with mental illness, committed suicide. I couldn’t imagine having to deal with what this family is going through right now. I don’t know Rick Warren or his family but I’m sure that they are in desperate need of prayers and support right now.

CNN reports:

The youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren has committed suicide, according to a family statement released Saturday.

Matthew Warren, 27, took his life following a lifelong battle with mental illness, Warren and his wife, Kay, said in the statement.

“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now,” the statement said.

In the statement, Rick Warren said his son 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,” he wrote. “Today, after a fund evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his own life.”

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