US Pastor Exposed As Ashley Madison User Commits Suicide


An American pastor that was outed as a member of Ashley Madison has killed himself.

John Gibson, a 56-year-old father-of-two, was a teacher at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The US man was found dead by his wife a few days after he was exposed as a member of Canadian cheating site Ashley Madison, following the hack of the site last month.

In his suicide note, the 56 year old spoke about his struggles with depression and his shame of being named on the list of Ashley Madison users.

He also said that he was scared he was going to lose his job.

His wife told CNNMoney: “It was a moment that life doesn’t prepare you for. I had to call my kids. How do you tell your kids that their dad is gone and that he took his own life?

Speaking about the victims of the hacks, she said: “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.”

On the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary website, President Chuck Kelley wrote a tribute, saying: “John was a popular member of our Leavell College faculty. He was particularly known for his acts of kindness to the seminary family. John was the quintessential good neighbor.’

In August, authorities in Toronto said they were investigating two suicides thought to be related to the Ashley Madison data dump.

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