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Pastor took his own life days after being outed in Ashley Madison leak

Canadian police have said that at least two suicides were linked to the leak of 32 million customer profiles.

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A US PASTOR took his own life six days after his name was exposed by hackers of the Ashley Madison adultery website, his wife told CNN.

Canadian police have said that at least two suicides were linked to the leak of 32 million customer profiles from the Canada-based site last month. It’s not clear if John Gibson’s death was one of them as police released no details.

Christi Gibson discovered her husband’s body on August 24. She said he husband was ashamed at being on the list of names taken from the website, which helps married people have affairs.

“He talked about depression. He talked about having his name on there, and he said he was just very, very sorry,” Gibson said as their adult son and daughter sat next to her in a New Orleans studio.

“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.”

PastedImage-9519 Christi Gibson and her children. Source: CNN screengrab

In addition to his work as a pastor, Gibson, 56, taught at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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 said.

“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.”

Ashley Madison, launched in 2001, is known for its slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair.” It helps connect people seeking to have extramarital relationships and is owned by Avid Life Media.

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