The sudden death of Wade Belak rocked the hockey world this week and left everybody with more questions than answers.
On Friday, his mother, Lorraine Belak, spoke to CBC news and confirmed to them that her son had suffered from depression -- which had been reported earlier in the day by the Toronto Star, citing two sources that wished to remain anonymous -- though it remains unclear as to what sort of treatment he was receiving.
Lorraine Belak confirmed a Toronto Star report that her son had suffered from depression, but it is not clear what help he sought or how recently it was an issue.
"I think he was taking control of that," she said, admitting that they didn't talk about the subject a lot.
Toronto police are treating the death as a suicide, sources have confirmed to CBC.
It's just another example as to how complex an issue depression is, and that no matter what a person looks like on the outside it doesn't mean there isn't a deeper issue that troubles them below the surface. Belak, by all accounts, was a pleasure to be around as a person and a teammate, always smiling and one of the NHL's most quotable players and best interviews.Belak is the third NHL player to pass away this offseason, along with Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. All three players shared the same role on the ice which has sent the discussion in the direction of what -- if any -- their role as fighters had on their off-ice problems.