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Wade Belak Suicide: Mother Says NHL Player Was Fighting Depression

09/02/2011 01:07 EDT | Updated 11/02/2011 05:12 EDT
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TORONTO - Wade Belak's mother says her son suffered from depression prior to his death, according to a media report.

In an interview with CBC News, Lorraine Belak indicated that she thought the former NHL player had been dealing with his issues.

"I think he was taking control of that," she said in a phone interview from Nashville. "He didn't talk about it all the time or a lot."

Belak was found dead in a downtown Toronto hotel and condo on Wednesday afternoon. A source confirmed to The Canadian Press that Belak hanged himself in an apparent suicide.

Lorraine Belak indicated the cause of death would be released in the coming days.

"All I know is that it is still under investigation," she said. "The only thing I can tell you is he did not die of natural causes."

A private funeral service is scheduled to take place in Nashville on Sunday afternoon.

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