Rick Warren's son, Matthew, kills self

Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:03 PM

LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- Matthew Warren, the 27-year-old son of widely known California evangelical pastor Rick Warren, has committed suicide, his parents said Saturday.

Warren and his wife Kay revealed their son's death in a letter to the congregation of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Warrens said their son had dealt with depression for much of his life.

Matthew Warren was an "incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate man," they said in the statement. "He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He'd then make a beeline to that person to engage and encourage them."

The statement said the younger Warren killed himself after spending an evening with his parents, but did not provide details of his death.

"Kay and I've been privileged to hold your hands as you faced a crisis or loss," the statement said. "Today we need your prayers for us."

Rick Warren is the author of "The Purpose Driven Life." He delivered the invocation at President Obama's first inauguration, The Warrens have two other children, Amy and Josh.