rick warren*Kay Warren, mother of the late Matthew Warren, has remained silent on Twitter and Facebook since her son’s suicide death on the evening of April 5, 2013.

Both Rick and Kay’s Facebook and twitter pages have been overflowing with messages of comfort from friends, family, and strangers from around the world.

“The world collectively cries for your family, feel our our arms wrapped around you.”

“So sorry about Matthew, Kay. My heart breaks for you and Rick and the rest of the family as you grieve his loss, even with the knowledge of Heaven. 2 Corinthians 4:8-12. Much love!”

“I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort that only God can give to your family.”

In an “emotional letter” to his church, Pastor Rick Warren shared the tragic news:

To my dear Saddleback Family,

Over the past 33 years we’ve been together through every kind of crisis. Kay and I’ve been privileged to hold your hands as you faced a crisis or loss, stand with you at gravesides, and prayed for you when ill. Today, we need your prayer for us.

No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. Our youngest son, Matthew, age 27, and a lifelong member of Saddleback, died today.

You who watched Matthew grow up knew he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man. 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.

But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.

Read the full letter at BCNN1.