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Pastor Rick Warren’s 27-Year Old Son Matthew Dies By Suicide

by David Badash on April 6, 2013

in News

Rick Warren, founder and pastor of the Saddleback church, announced today his 27-year old son Matthew died by suicide Saturday, after a lifelong battle with mental illness. Our thoughts are with Pastor Warren, his family, and his church.

Warren, 59, (image, above) and his wife Kay have been married over 30 years, and have two older children, Amy and Josh.

“Today, we need your prayer for us,” Warren said via a statement announcing the tragedy.

“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now,” the statement reads, describing their youngest son as “an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate man.
He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room.”



“But only those closest knew that he 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. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”

“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,” the statement said.

“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,” the statement continued.

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Lou Gagliardi April 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Screw thoughts; he doesn't deserve them. If anything he STILL deserves our contempt.

Coxhere April 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I'm missing something here? I might have scanned this article too quickly (even though I went back to see what I might have missed), but how and why is this being posted on The New Civil Rights Movement relevant to us?

David Badash April 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

We report the news. This is news. And very sad news, at that.

Lou Gagliardi April 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Unless his son was gay, it has nothing to do with civil rights.

colonelkira April 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Since when do you "report" the "news" …..this site is an op-ed, hate filled bash fest NOT a news site!

David Badash April 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

colonelkira April 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

I don't share thoughts, I state facts……… should try it some time.

ahainsworth April 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I believe that compassion is the best way to reach out to people whose political differences drastically differ from our own. It may get them to reconsider their stance on certain things once they put a compassionate face on their "enemy" and realize that we're not all bad. After all, right now, Rick Warrens is a father who just lost his young son. That's something some of us may have in common with him.

weismongerjudy April 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

This death absolutely proves there is no god, god does not exist, prayer is nothing more than begging and talking to empty walls, and belief in an imaginary god does not do anything but lead people down a ridiculous path of silly behavior that results in nothing being accomplished or cured. Only science does the hard work of understanding and seeking cures to mental illness and disease, and making our lives better. The silly bible doesn't even know that germs cause disease, or that the earth revolves around the sun. Belief in religious magic, which is what religion is, causes untold harm, especially when children are brainwashed against their will into believing in imaginary stuff. Its time to call a halt to all of these silly religious beliefs and find real answers to real problems.

sdfrenchie April 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Science didn't help in the case of Matthew Warren. It clearly states in the letter that he had the care of the best doctors in America.

It is of no help to belittle those who are religious, even if they have been misled by misinterpretation. I can understand being angry at the results of some branches of religion, but for those who practice it in the way it was intended (not as a way to lash out with hatred), they deserve our respect. For you to say this death absolutely proves there is no god is like them saying God hates fags. I grow extremely angry at the hate groups, particularly those who use religion as a front. But anger and hate are two different things. Hate and the inability to forgive are why wars never end. Even Christ was aware of that two thousand years ago. "There will be wars and rumors of wars…".

Because we've become impatient with our oppression, we are now an open book and this has brought out all the kooks who are against us. True Christians are alert to the behavior on both sides of the coin and, in case you haven't noticed, they are on our side and embarrassed by those who spread hatred instead of love. As Americans, the true Christians respect the Constitution and don't push their beliefs onto the rest of us. Instead, they behave as Christ behaved and openly share their love and diligently help people in need.

Any parent who has lost a child can tell you that their child wasn't supposed to go first. Like anything else, there are exceptions to that rule when the parents are uncaring or neglectful. But the description of Matthew by Pastor Warren is filled with love and respect for his son and we can't fault him for that.

Scott_Rose April 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

The "letter" is a contrivance written by a guilty bad parent trying to hide his evil deeds. In his bad attitudes of prejudice against gay people, the money-grubbing phony Rick Warren is unkind, ungenerous and judgmental. That kind of person is far, far from ideal for giving support to a child with a mental health problem. If a child of Rick Warren were gay, would that child feel safe coming out to a monster bigot who has made money by fanning the flames of anti-gay hatred in the public? No, the child would not feel safe coming out to such a monster parent. The care of the best doctors in American can not necessarily help you if you have an unkind, ungenerous, judgmental bigot parent.

sdfrenchie April 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

Thank you for the clarification, Scott. There are so many of these kooks I can't keep up with them. I didn't watch the video. I had no idea Warren was one of the worse. That being the case, your statement makes perfect sense as to why the young man committed suicide.

SeanLiberty13 April 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Not that I believe this, but the "Bible" does say that suicide is a "sin". Christians would cut off the heads of those who committed suicide, would deny them the sacrament, and refuse to bury them with a cross or any sign of Christianity. So pray all you want Rick but according to your "Bible" and your "God" your son is now "burning" in "Hell". Again I don't believe that, just pointing it out.

His son was allegedly "plagued" with mental illness. Maybe it was a sign from his "God" that he himself, Rick, is evil. Maybe "God" was torturing him for the "sins" of his father. These are are all things Rick preaches to his cult members. Interesting how now that it is happening to him, it is everyone else's fault that nothing worked for his son and these theories of "Christianity" do not apply.

We may never know why he killed himself or if he is in "Heaven" or "Hell" but as much as I want to give condolences because it is the decent thing to do it is difficult to considering all of the hate and evil Rick Warren has put and will most likely continue to put out into the world.

Maybe Rick will learn something and be more like the human being "Jesus" instead of the hateful and elitist fictional character the religious-right has created to persecute all those they dislike. I doubt it, but only time will tell. Sorry for his lost.

weshlovrcm April 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

My heart goes out to anyone who loses a child. May God help the Warrens cope with this horrible tragedy. And may He hold Matthew close and wipe away his tears in Heaven.

sneaks911 April 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Regardless of how Warren feels about us, I, too, have suffered for years with depression as well, and Matthew and the Warren family have my prayers.

Truth_Addict April 7, 2013 at 1:21 am

Just an observation, but I wonder how many of our young people have committed suicide as a result of the lies and hatred spread by people like Rick Warren? Chickens coming home to roost?

KQuigley58 April 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

My faith allows that if someone is plagued with mental illness that causes one to take one's life, they may
buried from the church. May Matthew finally rest in peace and his memory be eternal.

James_M_Martin April 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

All I can say is, if I were this arsehole's son, I would Hemingway out, too.

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