According to two sources that asked not to be identified, Wade Belak had been suffering from depression.
He took medication to try to treat his mental illness, but had been unwilling to speak about it. Michael Landsberg, who hosts TSN's Off the Record and had known Belak for almost 10 years said it best when he commented, "What we can learn from this is that, if you suffer from depression, even though you may go for help and you may be on medication and you may have a psychiatrist, you need to share the depth of your pain with the people around you. Because if he was walking around saying, 'I'm feeling so awful I could take my life,' if he said that to his wife, she would never have let him come (to Toronto)." His widow, Jennifer, also released a statement of her own on Thursday, thanking everyone for their support and asking "that everyone remember Wade's infectious sense of humor, his caring spirit and the joy he brought to his friends, family and fans."
Fri, Sep 2, 2011 07:59:00 AM