Deontay Wilder, world heavyweight champion, has revealed that he almost took his own life 15 years ago, after battling depression.
Wilder said he suffered depression at 19, following the birth of his first child, Naieya, who was born spina bifida, a spinal condition that nearly left her unable to walk.
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The American disclosed that suicidal thoughts set in after he became a father at such tender age and struggled financially to pay his daughter’s medical bills.
The 34-year-old admitted that taking up boxing in 2006 took the thought of committing suicide off his mind.
“The lowest moment for me in my life was years and years and years ago, I think when my daughter was first born back in 2005,” he told BT Sport.
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“But in 2006 it became very rocky for me, to the point where I lost my family, to the point where I had a gun in my lap and I was ready to commit suicide myself.
“Those thoughts come to your head – we’re all human. Those thoughts come to anyone’s head that is going through some type of depression or going through different things in your lives.
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“You think the only way to end all of this is to end your life. You are not thinking about anyone else, you’re just thinking about yourself and what’s going on.