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Gay Actor Stephen Fry Reveals Recent Suicide Attempt

stephen-fry-creative-commonsDuring an interview in front of a live audience, out British actor Stephen Fry revealed he had attempted suicide last year while filming a documentary.

“I took a huge number of pills with a huge amount of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs,” Fry, 55, told comedian Richard Herring. “But I was still unconscious.”

Fry was filming a documentary on how people’s lives have been impacted because of their sexuality and had visited American preachers who claimed to be able to “cure” gay people and Uganda, home of the controversial “Kill The Gays” bill.

“Fortunately,” Fry continued, “the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in an unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”

Fry was responding to a question from a 12-year-old boy on what it’s like to be Stephen Fry. The actor and comic is bipolar and had attempted suicide in 1995 following a nervous breakdown. Since then, he’s spoken extensively about mental illness, becoming president of the mental health charity Mind and addressing his own mental health in the 2006 documentary, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.

Fry took to Twitter to thank those who had supported him after his admission:


By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jun 7, 2013
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    • 2eo

      We are blessed to have someone like Stephen Fry advocating for our community, and advocating for the treatment of mental health.

      I’m glad he’s still alive, the modern day Oscar Wilde is one of the greatest living Brits, and losing him would be a crying shame. We Brits have Stephen Fry, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking at the helm pushing for rights and pushing science and reality over religion and dogma.

      To lose any of our intellectual titans would be a massive blow to the countries social betterment.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 10:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Ugh, Living with Bi Polar disorder sounds like a nightmare. Poor fellow, glad he came though that incident.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 11:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redcarpet

      I can’t imagine living with that kind of unpredicatability in my own head. It’s one thing being depressed or have anxiety over a long period, its another to feel fine one day and suicidal the next.

      Nothing but respect for Mr. fry.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall

      Wait, he’s gay?. How did I miss it? He’s one of my favourite people in the world, how did I not know this? Weird.

      Glad to here he’s in a much better place now though.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • drobertp

      After years of readership, this article gave me the impetus to register and say something. But I don’t know what to say; I’m just incredibly sad. We need Stephen Fry in the world, but I know how bad it can get. I want to choke intelligent design people until they see the light and come back to a different tune.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann

      What a terrible thing to lose Jeeves. Loved this guy for years and I am so glad he has come through this alright. Stay strong Stephen.

      Jun 9, 2013 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hepaistion

      He is an actor I love to watch, I am glad that he survived.

      Jun 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • newzbug

      @Cam: I am glad he made it through too. It’s good to have celebs out there talking about their mental health as it helps others who are suffering and surviving.

      Jan 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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