Rick and Kay Warren sit down for an exclusive interview with CNN's Piers Morgan to talk about the death of their son, Matthew Warren, and their new mission to raise awareness about mental illness. Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on Piers Morgan Live.
Rick and Kay Warren stood outside their son's home, sobbing in each other's arms.
They had talked Matthew, 27, off the ledge many times. But not this time.
A nod from a police officer who inspected Matthew's house confirmed their worst fears.
"I just hit the ground," Kay Warren said.
On April 5, Matthew Warren killed himself with a gun after a lifelong battle with mental illness.
"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," Rick Warren told CNN's Piers Morgan in an exclusive interview.
For the first time since Matthew Warren's death on April 5, Rick and Kay Warren are speaking out about his troubled life, how the tragedy changed their faith and their new mission to draw attention to mental illness.
The full interview airs Tuesday night on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" at 9 pm ET.
In 1980, Rick and Kay Warren founded Saddleback Church, now one of the largest in America, in Orange County, California. Twelve years later, Warren published "The Purpose Driven Life," a runaway best-seller that catapulted the pastor into stardom.
At the same time, though, their son Matthew Warren struggled with borderline personality disorder and deep depression for much of his life, the Warrens told CNN.
He had a loving family and access to mental health care, but not even that could spare him, they said.
Matthew was a young man with a "tender heart and tortured mind," Rick Warren said.
"If love could have kept my child alive, he'd be alive today, because he was incredibly loved," he added.
The Warrens also spoke during the interview about how their son's death has affected their Christian faith.
SOURCE: Eric Marrapodi