Gone too soon. Jarrid Wilson, a beloved megachurch pastor known for his work in the mental health advocacy field, died by suicide on September 9. In the aftermath of his tragic passing, several celebrities — particularly stars from TLC shows — reacted to his death on social media. Adam Busby from OutDaughtered, for instance, wrote a long tribute to his late friend, and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams commented on Jarrid’s last Instagram post.
The day that Jarrid, 30, passed away, he wrote about his son on Instagram. “I’m so proud of this little guy, and I’m honored to be his dad,” he shared. In the comments of the post, several friends and fans wrote final messages to the pastor. Michelle, 40, simply commented with a “💔” emoji, and Adam, 36, revealed on his own Instagram update, “My heart is so broken … In one of the darkest and most confusing times of my life, Jarrid Wilson sought me out. When I pushed him away and ignored his persistent attempts to help, he stayed right there and wouldn’t be defeated.”
“You were the one who encouraged me to go public with my struggle with depression because you knew how God would use my story to help so many, and I have read countless stories of how it has and still is working in peoples lives,” Adam added. “I will see you again my dear brother.”
Audrey Roloff from Little People, Big World reacted to news of Jarrid’s death on Adam’s post. “💔 [He] was one of a kind. I’m so heartbroken,” she wrote. She also shared the sad news on her Instagram Story and asked her followers to pray for Jarrid’s family.
Caryn Chandler, from the same series, also commented, but her words were more for the OutDaughtered dad. “I’m so sorry to hear this Adam. Sending strength and luv [sic] to you and yours ❤️,” she said.
Finally, Adam’s wife, Danielle Busby, shared her spouse’s words on her own page but added her own thoughts. “My heart is hurting tremendously today,” she shared. “This man, @jarridwilson was one of the biggest blessings to @adambuzz and I marriage. For when Adam suffered with [sic] depression, Jarrid was that person who turned him to hope. I will never understand completely how this happens but if you or someone you know is suffering with [sic] depression and may have suicidal thoughts, please please please find help … I will miss the relationship and encouragement you brought my husband and the bromance you too had. You were one of kind.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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