Autopsy: Rick Warren's son died of self-inflicted gunshot wound
Matthew Warren, the son of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official announced Monday. (Associated Press)
Matthew Warren was found at his home on Pradera Drive about 5:25 p.m. Friday, according to coroner's officials.
Rick Warren, a world-famous Orange County evangelical pastor, and his wife released a statement informing his congregation at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest that his youngest son had committed suicide after battling depression for much of his life.
The statement said Matthew Warren took his life “in a momentary wave of despair” following an evening with Warren and his wife.
"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.”