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September 17, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Rick Warren said in an interview Tuesday on CNN that even with a loving family and access to mental healthcare, it was not enough to save his son from suicide. Matthew Warren, 27, fatally shot himself April 5 at his home in Orange County by using an unregistered gun that he bought on the Internet. “The day that I had feared might happen one day, since he had been born, and the day that I had prayed would never happen … happened,” Warren told CNN's Piers Morgan . Warren appeared on the show with his wife, Kay. They founded Saddleback Church in 1980 in Orange County, and Warren also wrote the best-selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life.
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September 17, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Rick Warren said in an interview Tuesday on CNN that even with a loving family and access to mental healthcare, it was not enough to save his son from suicide. Matthew Warren, 27, fatally shot himself April 5 at his home in Orange County by using an unregistered gun that he bought on the Internet. “The day that I had feared might happen one day, since he had been born, and the day that I had prayed would never happen … happened,” Warren told CNN's Piers Morgan . Warren appeared on the show with his wife, Kay. They founded Saddleback Church in 1980 in Orange County, and Warren also wrote the best-selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life.
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April 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Rick Warren released an emotional message to his congregation in which he paid tribute to his son Matthew Warren, who committed suicide. Warren's statement came as other high-profile religious leaders offered their support to the famed pastor. In his statement, Warren talked about how “only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression , even suicidal thoughts.” Matthew Warren, 27, died Saturday after battling depression for much of his life, the leader of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest said in his statement.
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April 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Pastor Rick Warren and his wife have launched a petition about mental illness after their son's suicide. “Join Kay and I, and the Saddleback Family, in our effort to urge educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and church congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness … and support the families that deal with mental illness on a daily basis,” the petition reads. Matthew Warren, 27, shot himself April 5 at his home in Mission Viejo.
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April 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren  died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, an autopsy conducted Monday determined, but officials say they are still investigating whose weapon was used. Jim Amormino, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said Matthew Warren died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 10 a.m. Friday at his home in Mission Viejo. Such autopsies are usually performed when suicide is suspected, authorities said Saturday afternoon. Amormino said coroner's officials are not releasing the type of weapon used and are still investigating the origins and ownership of the gun. Matthew Warren was found at his home on Pradera Drive about 5:25 p.m. Friday, according to coroner's officials.
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April 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An Orange County coroner was conducting an autopsy Monday on the youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren to determine an official cause of death after he reportedly committed suicide. Jim Amormino, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman, said the cause of Matthew Warren's death will be announced after the autopsy is complete. Such autopsies are usually performed when suicide is suspected, authorities said Saturday afternoon. Amormino said he could not confirm an earlier report by coroner's officials to City News Service that Warren, 27, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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April 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Stephen Ceasar
Christian leaders called for prayers Saturday in an outpouring of support for Rick Warren and his family after the suicide of the Orange County evangelical pastor's youngest son. Among those offering condolences was Harvest Christian Fellowship leader Greg Laurie, who tweeted followers to join him in a prayer for Warren and his wife, Kay. Laurie, whose adult son Christopher was killed in a 2008 car crash, noted on his blog that he had...
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April 6, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
In his statement to his congregation about his son's death, Pastor Rick Warren talked about how “only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark  holes of depression, even suicidal thoughts.” Matthew Warren, 27, died Saturday after battling depression for much of his life, the leader of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest said in his statement. “Today after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his own life,” Warren said of his son. He described Matthew Warren as a “kind, gentle and compassionate man” with a “brilliant intellect” who was sensitive to the needs of others.
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April 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Stephen Ceasar
Coroner's officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the youngest son of Orange County Pastor Rick Warren next week to determine an official cause of death, a routine event in cases where suicide is suspected, authorities said Saturday afternoon. Matthew Warren's death at his home on Pradera Drive in Mission Viejo was reported to Orange County sheriff's officials at about 5:25 p.m. Friday, said Supervising Deputy Coroner Dan Aikin. Aikin said he could not confirm an earlier report by coroner's officials to City News Service that Warren, 27, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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April 9, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Famed pastor Rick Warren took to social media to thank the public of for its support in the wake of his son Matthew Warren's suicide and announced an effort to help bring awareness to mental illness. Warren said he and his wife want to "end the stigma of mental illness. " He added in a tweet: "We've known for years God would use us to fight mental illness but were protecting Matthew's right to share his own story. " Warren also talked of seeing his son's body for the first time Tuesday and said he was overwhelmed by the support his family has received.
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April 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It will be “nearly impossible” to trace where pastor Rick Warren's son bought the shotgun he used to take his own life last week, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official said. The gun that 27-year-old Matthew Warren used to shoot himself in his Mission Viejo home on April 5 was unregistered, had its serial numbers scratched off and was purchased online, said department spokesman Jim Amormino. A source close to the investigation confirmed it was a shotgun. “It's going to be nearly impossible to trace where he bought the weapon or who owned it previously,” Amormino told The Times.
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April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Rick Warren said on Twitter Thursday that he forgives the person who sold his son the gun he used to kill himself. Warren revealed Thursday that the gun was purchased  on the Internet and was not registered. "Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun.I pray he seeks God's forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15" Warren later wrote on Twitter: "God never allows more on you than he puts in you to bear it. " Sheriff's Department records show no one in the Warren family is registered to carry a concealed weapon in Orange County, and authorities have said they were struggling to determine where 27-year-old Matthew Warren obtained the weapon.
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April 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police do not know where Pastor Rick Warren's son got the gun he used to commit suicide, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official said Wednesday. Matthew Warren, 27, was "probably not" the owner of the weapon he used to shoot himself about 10 a.m. Friday in his Mission Viejo home, department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Investigators are trying to determine how he got it. A source close to the investigation said Warren used a shotgun. The Sheriff's Department declined to comment.
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April 9, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Famed pastor Rick Warren took to social media to thank the public of for its support in the wake of his son Matthew Warren's suicide and announced an effort to help bring awareness to mental illness. Warren said he and his wife want to "end the stigma of mental illness. " He added in a tweet: "We've known for years God would use us to fight mental illness but were protecting Matthew's right to share his own story. " Warren also talked of seeing his son's body for the first time Tuesday and said he was overwhelmed by the support his family has received.
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April 9, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Pastor Rick Warren's family has opted for a private memorial service for their son Matthew, who killed himself late last week at their Orange County home, a church spokeswoman said Tuesday. “Your kind words and sensitive notes to Kay and me have been such a blessing and encouragement,” Warren said in a statement. “Many are asking about a funeral, and our family decided on a simple private memorial. "Please continue to pray for the entire family.” Warren is pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and a nationally known evangelist and author of "The Purpose-Driven Life.
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April 9, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Rick Warren said it's been difficult to deal with some of the hate mail and online comments he's read since announcing Saturday that his son had committed suicide. "Grieving is hard. Grieving as public figures, harder. Grieving while haters celebrate your pain, hardest," Warren wrote on Facebook on Monday night. Warren has been deluged with words of support both at his Saddleback Church in Orange County and on the Web. “Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words,” the pastor wrote.
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April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Rick Warren said on Twitter Thursday that he forgives the person who sold his son the gun he used to kill himself. Warren revealed Thursday that the gun was purchased  on the Internet and was not registered. "Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun.I pray he seeks God's forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15" Warren later wrote on Twitter: "God never allows more on you than he puts in you to bear it. " Sheriff's Department records show no one in the Warren family is registered to carry a concealed weapon in Orange County, and authorities have said they were struggling to determine where 27-year-old Matthew Warren obtained the weapon.
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April 8, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
Orange County coroner officials will decide Monday morning when to perform an autopsy on Pastor Rick Warren's son, an official with the department said. Matthew Warren, 27, reportedly committed suicide last week. His father, a world-famous evangelist who preaches at Saddleback Church, said his son suffered emotional problems. A service in the younger Warren's memory was held Sunday. Tom Holladay, a teaching pastor at the mega-church in Lake Forest, led a prayer for the family at the 9 a.m. service, according to the Associated Press.
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