SYDNEY: A ‘dazed’ Ian Thorpe was discovered by police in a Sydney street in the early hours of Monday and taken to hospital, according to reports about the troubled swim star. Thorpe, 31, was taken to hospital for the second time in as many weeks after being spotted in a suburban street in southern Sydney at about 3am, according to Ten News. A 14-year-old boy raised the alarm after hearing a noise outside his family home and seeing Thorpe attempting to gain entry to a van in the driveway, Ten said. He was reportedly ‘dazed’ and under the influence of something, the network reported.
Police did not name Thorpe but confirmed to AFP that they responded to a 3am call-out in Panania “after concerns were raised for a man seen near a vehicle”. “He was taken to hospital for medical assessment,” a spokeswoman said. “No official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated.” Thorpe’s management did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It follows media reports last week – refuted by his handlers – that Thorpe was in rehab for depression and alcohol abuse.
Thorpe’s management firm SEL said the five-time Olympic gold medallist had been hospitalised for shoulder surgery. Thorpe, one of Australia’s most recognised sporting figures, has struggled to adjust to life after swimming and made a failed effort to reach the 2012 London Olympics. He has been open about his battle with depression and alcohol in the past, admitting in a 2012 autobiography that he had spent “a lot of my life battling what I can only describe as crippling depression”. “I suppose it was inevitable that I’d turn to other, artificial ways of managing my feelings, and I found alcohol,” he wrote.
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