Pastor and seminary professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, John Gibson was married with two children. On August 24th his daughter, Callie, was teaching in front of 250 college students when she got the call that her father had killed himself.
His death occurred six days after hackers released the names of millions of people who were members of Ashley Madison, the notorious site for those looking for affairs.
Gibson’s name was included in that list. His wife, Christi, was the one who discovered her husband’s body.
Gibson chronicled his demons inside a suicide note in which he also mentioned Ashley Madison. In regards to what was in the note Christi said:
“He talked about depression. He talked about having his name on there, and he said he was just very, very sorry. 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.”
Pastor Gibson was 56 years old and was known as a great teacher with an infectious laugh however his family said he had struggled with depression and addiction in the past. Since Ashley Madison was first hacked back in July and had its information leaked in August, authorities in Toronto have said they’re investigating suicides that could be linked to the data exposure.
There has also been evidence that extortion emails was sent to people who were on the list. A spokesman for Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison’s parent company, expressed the firm’s condolences in a statement that read:
“Dr. Gibson’s passing is a stark, heart-wrenching reminder that the criminal hack against our company and our customers has had very real consequences for a great many innocent people.”
Christi Gibson has a message for the 32 million people exposed and their communities.
“These were real people with real families, real pain and real loss. But don’t underestimate the power of love. 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.”
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