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Fans of Wrestlemania legend Hulk Hogan imagined he was putting his health in danger (if only fictionally so) each time he entered the ring. But no one knew he was a danger to himself in his personal life, too.
In his new book, My Life Outside the Ring, Hogan, a.k.a. Terry Bollea, gets raw about his real-life pain, including his divorce from his wife of 20 years, his son's car crash (which nearly took the life of a close family friend), his struggle with drugs and alcohol, and his near-suicide attempt.
The former Hogan Knows Best reality star sat down with Meredith Viera this morning to talk about what brought him to consider taking his own life two years ago.
"I just sat there in this chair, and I was overwhelmed," Hogan said in his Todayshow interview. "The more I looked in the mirror, the more I realized it was over. My life as I knew it was done." I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Hogan had taken a dangerous mixture of Captain Morgan's rum and Xanax -- the latter of which was presumably prescribed to him for a serious back injury. He was spiraling downward, gun in hand, when his friend and American Gladiators costar, Layla Ali (daughter of Muhammad Ali), called. Hulk snapped out of his dangerous daze.
"Her voice saved my life," Hogan said of what was literally a wake-up call.
The stress of his son, Nick, suffering a car crash put strain on the marriage that Hulk said had been unraveling for years. He says his wife Linda had descended into alcoholism and verbal abuse. Eventually they divorced. His son moved out, and Linda left, taking all of their pets with her. It was too much for Hulk to take.
Viera asked Hogan why he decided to share such personal information with the world.
"The reason I wrote the book was to let people know that if I got through the last two years, anyone can," he said.
Now Hogan is on the mend, sharing a home with his daughter, Brooke, who has found stardom through her Vh1 spin-off show, Brooke Knows Best.
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