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Rick Warren Says Gun in Son’s Suicide was Unregistered

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (KTLA) — The gun used by Pastor Rick Warren’s son to commit suicide was unregistered.

The Saddleback Church pastor tweeted Thursday that the gun was purchased on the internet.

warren-son-pic27-year-old Matthew died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last Friday at his Mission Viejo home.

Warren issued an emotional statement to his congregation on Saturday that paid tribute to his 27-year-old son, who he said battled mental illness his whole life.

Warren said his son took his own life in a “momentary wave of despair.”

Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said an autopsy conducted on Monday found that Warren had died at around 10 a.m. on Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Warrens have two other adult children, Amy and Josh, as well as four grandchildren.

The elder Warren is a world-famous evangelist and the bestselling author of “The Purpose-Driven Life.”

He delivered the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration in 2008.

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