Rick Warren, the well-known pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church, relayed a tragic message to his congregation tonight:
His youngest son Matthew committed suicide on Friday at the age of 27, killing himself via self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Warren passed along the sad news this evening at his church in Lake Forest, California.
"Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many," the church said in a statement. "Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts.”