NEW ORLEANS (KRON) — A pastor and father-of-two from New Orleans who was outed as a member of Ashley Madison has committed suicide, according to a report by the DailyMail.com.
John Gibson, a teacher at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, was found dead on August 24 by his wife after his name was one of the 32 million released during the cyber hack just six days earlier.
The 56-year-old is just one of many purported users of the extra-marital affair site who are believed to have taken their own lives after the huge release of names by online criminals.
According to his suicide note found after he died, he mentioned Ashley Madison and said he was worried about losing his job.
“He talked about depression. He talked about having his name on there, and he said he was just very, very sorry,” his wife Christi Gibson told CNN Money.
It is believed he took his own life because he was overwhelmed by shame. He had also been reportedly struggling with depression and addiction.
“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?” said his wife who called her daughter Callie who was believed to be teaching 250 students when she received the heartbreaking news.
“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,” Gibson added.
Seminary President Chuck Kelley said in a tribute on their website, “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.”
Kelley said in his spare time, Gibson worked tirelessly in his spare time providing free car repair for countless seminary students.
He would often buy the parts needed out of his own pocket and refused when students offered to pay him back.
“As a colleague, he was known as one to express care and compassion in a tangible way both to our students and to our faculty,” said Thomas Strong, dean of Leavell College.
“John was loved by the students because of his love for the ministry and for them; he was always a favorite,” Strong said. “Our hearts are saddened as we miss greatly a significant part of our Leavell College family – a colleague – a friend. We are better because of John and the way God used him in our lives.”
Authorities in Toronto are believed to be investigating a number of suicides in connection with the hack, including two deaths on August 24.
Ashley Madison has not responded for a comment.