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Former Megachurch Pastor Issac Hunter, 36, Dead From Apparent Suicide

As reported by The Christian Post and The Orlando Sentinel, founder and former pastor of Summit Church in Orlando, Fla., Issac Hunter allegedly took his life; cause of death is still being investigated after he was found dead in his apartment Tuesday morning. Hunter, 36, was the son of Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of 15,000-member Northland Church in Florida. 

While Hunter pastored Summit Church, it grew to be one of the fastest-growing churches in Florida, but he resigned last November after he confessed to an affair with a staff member. His wife, Rhonda Hunter, filed a domestic-violence petition shortly afterwards, calling Hunter “unstable,” “erratic” an alcoholic and a danger to her and their three children. News outlets also reported that a suicide note was found on his computer in April 2012 with instructions to the church should he die.

“I would very much like to be remembered as a person who loved his children, his parents, his brothers, and his best friends—well, while I could,” Hunter wrote. “I fear I will love them better in my absence. As I have become what I never wished to be, a burden on those I love the most.”

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