I tried suicide twice, reveals Dean Windass
Windass has famously scored the winner in the Championship playoffs in 2008. REUTERS photoFormer Hull City ace Dean Windass has revealed he tried to commit suicide after battling with drink and depression following the end of his playing career two years ago.
Windass, 42, scored the goal that took Hull into the top flight for the first time in their 104-year history in 2008, and also played for Bradford City and Middlesbrough.
Windass told The People newspaper published yesterday of his troubles which include the breakup of his 18-year marriage.
“I have cried every day for the last two years since retiring. People outside football think we have it all. But I was in a hole that I didn’t know how to get out of,” he said. “Just over a week ago I hit rock bottom and decided to end it all. I first took an overdose and when that didn’t work tried to hang myself.”
Football has been shaken with several depression-related issues recently, with the suicides of Wales manager Gary Speed and German international goalkeeper Robert Enke (in 2009) being the most striking examples. Former Liverpool forward and sports writer Stan Collymore has also recently wrote about his battle with depression.