Saturday 16 December 2017

'Nothing is worth this loss' - Pastor named in Ashley Madison leak takes own life

John Gibson's wife said that 'it wasn't so bad that we wouldn't have forgiven it' but the Pastor 'couldn't see that'

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A pastor who was named in the infamous Ashley Madison leak has taken his own life due to the 'shame', according to his wife of 30 years.

Speaking to CNN, Christi Gibson revealed that her husband John (56) took his own life days after his name was included in a high-profile leak of Ashley Madison members.

Gibson told CNN that she found her husband's body in their home on August 24, days after his name was included in a high-profile leak of Ashley Madison members - a site which enabled users to seek extramarital affairs.

"It was a moment that life doesn’t prepare you for... How do you tell your kids?"

Gibson revealed that a suicide note "talked about depression....talked about having his name on there, and said he was just very, very sorry".

"What we know about him is that... he offered grace and mercy and forgiveness to everyone else, but somehow he couldn’t extend that to himself."

"It wasn’t so bad that we wouldn’t have forgiven it... But for John, it carried such a shame, and he just couldn’t see that.”

"Nothing is worth the loss of a father and a husband and a friend".

John Gibson was a teacher at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Leavell College and a pastor at the First Southern Baptist Church in Mississippi.

His wife told CNN that he had previously struggled with addiction and depression.

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