(CBN) -- California megachurch pastor Jim Howard committed suicide last week after a long battle with mental illness.
Howard was the lead pastor of the Valencia campus of the 7,000-member Real Life Church. Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to Howard's home after a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm we suffered a tragic loss on our church staff this week. On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Jim Howard — a beloved pastor here at RLC — took his own life," RLC Lead Pastor Rusty George wrote in a Facebook post.
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