Rumors had surrounded the passing of former WCW and WWE contracted performer Sean O'Haire, later reported to be a suicide by local police. Nothing was on the record, but the proverbial "sources close to decease" were saying that O'Haire had been battling depression and substance abuse issues prior to hanging himself earlier this week.
Now, TMZ has gone on the record about the issues the pro wrestler was struggling with - mostly alcoholism. O'Haire had been admitted to six WWE-sponsored rehabilitation programs over the last six years, including one earlier this year. Following leaving that most recent stint, TMZ's sources report that WWE was unable to contact him despite several attempts to do so.
Without more to go on than this, it's very difficult to draw any further conclusion. It's another confirmation of how baffling addiction issues are even to substance abuse professionals - some alcoholics and addicts "get" recovery and can cope with and move past the issue, others receive the same treatment and never get past it...often with tragic consequences.
It doesn't mean that anyone caught in the cycle of addiction shouldn't seek help, or that WWE shouldn't be lauded for trying to help. It's sad that O'Haire took his own life before he could break that cycle, but his and his former employer's continued attempts to do so should be emulated by people trying to free themselves from reliance on drugs or alcohol.
If you or someone close to you is interested in getting or learning more about treatment, you can contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 800-662-HELP (4357) or utlize their online treatment locator.
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