Megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s son commits suicide

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LAKE FOREST, CA – Megachurch pioneer Rick Warren and his family are grieving the death of his youngest son, Matthew, who apparently committed suicide Friday night.

Warren, the popular evangelical pastor from California who wrote “The Purpose Driven Life” said Matthew had struggled with mental illness, depression and suicidal thoughts throughout his 27 years of life.

Warren said despite the best healthcare, Matthew couldn’t control his illness and took his own life in a “momentary wave of despair.”

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