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    New Orleans Pastor Exposed on Ashley Madison Site Commits Suicide

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    A Baptist pastor allegedly outed as having an account on adultery website Ashley Madison committed suicide less than a week after the site’s hackers released user information.

    The body of John Gibson, 56, a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, was found by his wife on August 24.  The note he left behind for her expressed his remorse for having an account on the website, and detailed that he was struggling with 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.

    Christi explained that, while he spent his life offering forgiveness for others, he was unable to give himself the same gift.

    "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.

    At least two other people among the 37 million outed as having accounts on the website have also taken their own lives since the breach.

    One of them was San Antonio Police Captain Michael Gorhum, who discovered his account had been breached after it was posted online by the Facebook page Cop Block, which has over a million subscribers.

    “Rest in Peace Captain Mike Gorhum,” one of his colleagues posted to Facebook. “You truly are one of the guys I've most respected in my Law Enforcement Career, no task too big, no goal too loafty (sic).

    “Never met a stranger, never backed down, always had your partner's back or, when you were in charge, your Officer's back. Whatever it was, I wish one of us could have reached you, could have told you, ‘regardless, it will be OK.’

    “Love you Mike. This is a hard day. God bless you, and your Family and the Department.”

    Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison’s parent company, which is also facing multiple lawsuits,  is offering a reward of $500,000 for information that will help authorities catch the hackers.


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