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Former Premier League star tried to kill himself ‘five or six times’

Former Premier League star Lee Hendrie has admitted he tried to kill himself ‘five or six times’, as he opened up on ITV show Harry’s Heroes.

Whilst talking with Paul Merson and Vinnie Jones, he recalled how we woke up on a life support machine after one attempt.

Hendrie went from earning as much as £30,000-a-week at the peak of his career with Aston Villa, before making several suicide attempts due his financial woes which saw his and his mum’s house repossessed.

He said: “I fell deep down into depression really.

“I ended up going bankrupt, my house got repossessed, they repossessed my mum’s house and that just destroyed me.

“That was it then, I got up one day and tried to kill myself. I woke up on a life-support machine, my body had shut down. Then I tried to do it again.

“I just couldn’t grasp what was going on. Still now, every single day I struggle, I still take anti-depressants. I didn’t even want to talk about it.”

He added: “It was really selfish of me to do that. I’ve got five children and to think I was going to leave all that behind. I just felt like I had let everyone down really.”

Hendrie’s property portfolio, which had once been worth £10million, was swamped by huge debt, according to The Guardian.

In an interview with the publication, Hendrie said “could easily name five, six times where I tried to do that in the bad period” and admitted his wife Emma “went through an awful lot”.

He said: “The football was almost over and my head was gone.

“I’d been trying to sell property but the housing market crashed. I got to the stage where I just wanted to end it all. I’d hit rock bottom.”

Hendrie has more recently been working for Sky Sports as a pundit, and said he was grateful for the opportunity to put his dark days behind him.

“Things can be fantastic one day or one week and then it can turn,” he told The Guardian. “I can sit in bed for three days and not want to get up.

“I’m my own worst enemy. I don’t feel I deserve any plaudits. But I’m proud I’ve become someone different.

“I’ve ended up getting myself into a great job working for Sky Sports. I’ve got to thank lots of people that have taken a punt on me and realised I’m not that person I’m painted out to be.

“For all the bad press, I’m still a human being. I’m striving to do this new job well but I always have that fear things could go wrong again.”

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