Popular pastor commits suicide after adultery website exposes him

A popular United States pastor has committed suicide six days after his name was exposed by hackers of the Ashley Madison adultery website.

Canadian police has said that at least two suicides were linked to the leak of 32 million customer profiles from the Canada-based site last month.

Christi Gibson discovered her husband’s body — and a suicide note which chronicled his demons and his shame at being exposed — in their New Orleans home on August 24.

“He talked about depression. He talked about having his name on there, and he said he was just very, very sorry,
”Gibson told CNN on Wednesday.

“Nothing is worth the loss of a father and a husband and a friend. It just didn’t merit it. It didn’t merit it at all.”

Gibson said her husband, who had struggled with depression and addiction in the past, was worried that he would
lose his job.

“It wasn’t so bad that we wouldn’t have forgiven it, and so many people have said that to us, but for John, it carried such a shame,” she told CNN.

“What we know about him is that he poured his life into other people, and he offered grace and mercy and forgiveness to everyone else, but somehow he couldn’t extend that to himself.”

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