Stephen Fry: I tried to kill myself in 2012

The beloved British comic's sad news

Published June 6, 2013 2:05PM (EDT)

Stephen Fry has confessed that he attempted suicide last year.

Via BuzzFeed, the performer and author has declared that he attempted to overdose on drugs and alcohol last year, while filming a documentary in which he confronts anti-gay protesters. It resulting in medical intervention when a producer of the film discovered him.

"When I’m conscious, when I’m rational, I realize that being Stephen Fry is a very happy thing to be; people are extraordinarily nice to me," said Fry on a British podcast. "Mostly it’s great, but there are times when you’re on stage or when I’m doing 'QI' [Fry's game show] and laughing, but inside I’m going 'I want to f---ing die.'"

Fry is known for his appearances in films and television shows including "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "A Bit of Fry and Laurie," as well as for memoirs like "Moab is My Washpot," in which he painfully details his faults and childhood memories of unrequited love. He had appeared in a BBC documentary about depression, "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive," and is president of Mind, a British mental-health advocacy group.

By Daniel D'Addario

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