Archive for Sports

Ashley Massaro Died of Apparent Suicide After Claiming Years of Depression, Injuries Suffered from WWE Career — (The Blast)
SSRI Ed note: Former WWE wrestling star suffers effects of repeated head injuries, including depression. She takes antidepressants, unexpectedly hangs herself. CTE blamed.
Autopsy: Roy Halladay had 3 drugs in his system during plane crash — (The Philly Voice)
SSRI Ed note: Baseball hall of fame pitcher takes Prozac, Ambien, other meds, does dangerous, illegal "hotdog" maneuvres in his new aircraft, dies in crash. Everyone shocked.
Canadian Ty Pozzobon’s death a wake-up call for rodeo riders about effects of concussions — (The National Post)
SSRI Ed note: Talented young bull rider suffers multiple concussions, seeks "treatment" from family physician, dies by suicide. CTE blamed.
The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE — (GQ)
SSRI Ed note: Young football player given Zoloft, Adderall, possible CTE, unsurprisingly feels very "messed up", suicidal, dies by suicide. Meds not suspected.
After a meticulously-planned suicide attempt, ex-Bears QB Erik Kramer lives on — (The Chicago Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Football player down due to career dip starts antidepressants on-and-off 10-15 yrs, becomes suicidal, shoots himself, stops meds, recovers. Can't explain.
Shattered Dream: The Shocking Death of Former Braves Phenom. Tommy Hanson Left Friends, Family to Pick Up the Pieces — (Bleacher Report)
SSRI Ed note: Happy, family-oriented former major-league baseball player takes antidepressants for grief, loses edge, kills himself with drugs and alcohol.
How Football Pulled The Trigger: Zack Langston’s Family Reflects On His Tragically Short Life — (Vice Sports)
SSRI Ed note: Football player, 27, possible CTE, is given antidepressants including Lexapro, has mood swings, rages, suicidal thoughts, dies by suicide. Meds not suspected.
Mort de Marco Pantani: la piste du suicide privilégiée à celle de l’homicide/ Marco Pantani’s Death Looks Like Suicide — (Libération)
SSRI Ed note: A new investigation reveals, 10 yrs after the death of top Italian cyclist, was more likely suicide than the originally reported cause.
A Year Later, Trying to Comprehend a Young Hockey Player’s Suicide — (New York Times)
Rob Bironas had .218 blood alcohol, report says — (The Tennesean)
SSRI Ed note: Titans kicker taking Valium uncharacteristically drinks alcohol and drives, has fatal accident.
Terry Bradshaw: Interview with Scott Ross — (
SSRI Ed note: Football player diagnosed and medicated for ADD is diagnosed with serious depression, and treated for that, does not cope, has 3 marriages.
Mizzou did not pursue alleged assault — (
SSRI Ed note: Young woman raped tells Missouri U. they do nothing, takes antidepressants, loses place on swim team, dies by suicide. Borderline personality disorder blamed.
Ian Thorpe ‘admitted to rehab’ after incident with police — (Courier Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Swimming champion taking pain medication and antidepressants found disoriented.
Utah tragedy: The last flight of Speedy Peterson — (Salt Lake City Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Olympic skier on Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Zoloft dies by suicide.
Former Highland Games champion who shot himself in head with a bolt gun was stressed and depressed, inquest hears — (Daily Record)
Ex-Highland Games champion shot himself with bolt gun at cattle mart — (Herald Scotland)
SSRI Ed note: Auctioneer gets antidepressant for stress, unexpectedly shoots himself. Partner tells inquest she is "at a loss" to explain why.
Is Titus Young the latest NFL player suffering from hits to the head? — (CBS
SSRI Ed note: Football player in withdrawal exhibits increasingly aggressive, belligerent behaviour, gets into trouble. Concussions / CTE blamed.
Ryan Freel seemed to have it all—a major league career, a loving family, a few million in the bank. But life without baseball was more than he could bear — (Sportsnet)
SSRI Ed note: Major league baseball player takes antidepressants, suffers concussion, marriage ends, he kills himself with gun.
Former Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton admits she worked as an escort — (The Guelph Mercury)
SSRI Ed note: Olympic athlete takes Zoloft for depression, becomes Escort (prostitute), is careless about her identity. Brother died by suicide after quitting bipolar meds.
Lawsuit Against The NHLPA By The Late Derek Boogaard’s Family Signals Legal Concern For The NHL —(Ruling Sports)
Job for the girl: Olympic star Tasha Danvars is new mental health envoy — (Daily Mirror)
The Tragic Suicide Death of Junior Seau — (Psych Central)
SSRI Ed note: Former NFL player takes Ambien, even though it is not helping him sleep. He dies by suicide, CTE is the suspected cause, not the med.
Manchester City star Adam Johnson feared for pal who committed suicide after rumours of girlfriend’s alleged affair with John Terry’s brother — (Manchester Evening News)
SSRI Ed note: Football goalkeeper gets antidepressants while recovering from injury, suspects girlfriend unfaithful, lethargic, dies by suicide.
Mother, friend say Belak battled depression — (National Post)
More Thoughts On Rick Rypien, Head Trauma — (Capital Region Sports)
Joy for Mirjana Lucic; A Journey to Hell and Back — (Bleacher Report)
SSRI Ed note: Up and coming tennis player a force to be reckoned with until she takes Wellbutrin.
Triumph over tragedy: Track-and-field accident changed the lives of two families—(The Columbus Dispatch)
Ex-Nets star Jayson Williams possessed dangerous mix of psychiatric drugs—(Daily News)
Hamilton retires from cycling after positive test — (The Seattle Times)
Lamoureux copes with depression, stars on ice—(
SSRI Ed note: Teenager on antidepressants almost dies by jumping from a garage roof, backs down, quits meds, turns life around, is doing very well.
Coach of Russian football team treated for gambling problem — (Sputnik News)
SSRI Ed note: Czech football coach's wife said he always gambled but with antidepressants and high salary he lost self-control.
Europe Champ Found with Noose around Neck — (Kommepcahtb)
SSRI Ed note: Europe's 5-time cycling champion put on antidepressant pills, she dies by suicide, hanging her self, during training.
‘I don’t want anyone to end up like me’ — (The Boston Globe)
SSRI Ed note: Former Patriots' linebacker with CTE takes Wellbutrin, Prozac, depression worsens, he becomes confused, unreliable, has memory lapses, loses relationship.
Boxer charged with murder — (The Cincinnati Post)
SSRI Ed note: Boxer injures opponent in ring, sees psychiatrist about it, is given antidepressants, murders his friend shortly after.
OSU’s Sutton charged with aggravated DUI — (Houston Chronicle)
SSRI Ed note: Long-time university basketball coach takes Effexor, drinks too much and drives, causes accident.
Former Baseball All Star Pitcher Arrested in Jewelry Store Robbery — (News Press)
SSRI Ed note: Wealthy former star relief pitcher takes antidepressant, robs jewellery store at gunpoint.
A tormented soul — (
SSRI Ed note: Former NFL football player suffers serious loss of quality of life from effects of polypharmacy, including antidepressants. Dies at 50.
Dreams, steroids, death – a ballplayer’s downfall — (SFGate)
SSRI Ed note: Promising baseball player on steroids, trying to get off Effexor has rages, downers, increasingly loses control, dies by suicide. Steroid alone gets blamed.
Ron’s latest brawl adds to his checkered tale — (New York Daily News) 
SSRI Ed note: NBA player on antidepressants shows poor judgement, demonstrates aggressive, negative behavior.
What drove Justin Strzelczyk to his death? — (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Withdrawal psychosis. Former football player drank heavily, took Zoloft, goes on wild drive, appears delirious, dies in crash. Nothing in system.
Ricky Williams says he failed third drug test before quitting — (ESPN NFL)
SSRI Ed note: Promising NFL player takes Paxil, loses motivation, takes drugs, quits.
Mystery of ‘country home killings by Old Etonian’ — (Evening Standard)
SSRI Ed note: Man given antidepressants, stabs mum and aunt to death, mental illness is blamed.
Depression-awareness campaign aids Bradshaw too — (Chicago Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Former NFL Quarterback suffered concussions, now has depression and memory loss.
Invisible Pain — (San Jose Mercury News)
SSRI Ed note: Football player has bad reaction to depression meds.
The Science of Deceit — (Pure Water Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Endurance athlete, 41, prescribed Paxil for anxiety, suffers serious negative side effects.
Prosecutors Want Prison Term for Former NFL Lineman Alonzo Spellman in Airliner Incident — (The Edwardsville Intelligencer)
SSRI Ed note: Former NFL linebacker in withdrawal threatens passengers on flight.
Underwood hospitalized again — (USA Today)
HORSE RACING; Antley’s Death Is Ruled an Accident — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Talented jockey takes Paxil, other meds, becomes impaired, "delusional", has mood swings, loses judgement, gets into trouble, dies from drug effects.
Trying to get a handle on Tyson’s behavior — (The Baltmore Sun)