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'Please pray for me and the boys', Wife of pastor who committed suicide shares heartfelt tribute

The wife of a pastor who committed suicide over the weekend has shared her grief online.

Inland Hills Lead Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, 30, died on Saturday after battling depression and anxiety, leaving behind his wife and three young children.

His wife Kayla wrote on her Instagram: "Last night, the love of my life, the father of my children and the pastor of our incredible church took his last breath and went to be with Jesus.

 

"It wasn't the miracle I was hoping for but he is now in heaven with his dad, free of pain, free of depression and anxiety.

Last night, the love of my life, the father of my children and the pastor of our incredible church took his last breath and went to be with Jesus. It wasn’t the miracle I was hoping for but he is now in heaven with his dad, free of pain, free of depression and anxiety. . He was an amazing husband, he truly made me better, made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, and he loved me so deeply. We fit so well together, we were one. He was an amazing daddy, his three boys are going to miss him so much. He had such a unique and special relationship with each of them. He was an incredibly gifted teacher, communicator, and pastor. He was special, one of a kind and will be missed by thousands of people all around the world. . Please pray for me and the boys. I don’t know how I am going to face this, I am completely heartbroken, lost, and empty. Never in a million years would I have imagined this would be the end of his story. . If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, please tell someone. Please make sure you’re not alone, and please call a friend or family member before you make that irreversible decision. You are loved and valued more than you know! #godsgotthis

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She added that he was "an amazing husband, he truly made me better, made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, and he loved me so deeply".

 

"Please pray for me and the boys. I don't know how I am going to face this, I am completely heartbroken, lost, and empty. Never in a million years would I have imagined this would be the end of his story," she continued.

❤️

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Tributes poured in online for Stoecklein, with people highlighting the number of people who struggle with mental health.

If you need a listening ear, emotional and spiritual support, or have suicidal thoughts you can contact Premier Lifeline 9am to midnight every day of the year on 0300 111 0101.

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