Matthew Warren, the son of Rev. Rick
Warren, has died. He was 27.
Rick Warren is the founder and senior
pastor of the Lake Forest, California-based megachurch Saddleback
Church – the eighth-largest church in the United States – and the
author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life.
In an e-mail to supporters released on
Saturday, the elder Warren said that his youngest son had “struggled
from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even
After spending an evening with his
parents, the e-mail said, “in a momentary wave of despair at his
home, he took his life.”
While on a media tour last year to
promote an updated edition of his book, interviewers peppered Warren
with questions about his disapproval of homosexuality and support for
Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.
His answers suggested that Warren had
softened his stance on the issue. He told The Huffington Post
that gays who accept Jesus are “going to Heaven … without a