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Sep 2, 2011 8:33 PM by Jordan Mason

Mom of dead Avalanche player says he had depression

TORONTO (AP) - The mother of former NHL player Wade Belak says her son did suffer from depression prior to his death.

Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. He was 35.

Asked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Friday if her son suffered from depression, Lorraine Belak said yes, but that she believed he was "taking control of that."

She says he didn't talk about it a lot.

A person familiar with Belak's death told The Associated Press on Thursday that he hanged himself at a downtown luxury hotel and condo building. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation were confidential.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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