Professional wrestler and icon Hulk Hogan was recently interviewed for a segment of Oprah Winfrey's "Where are they now?" show. The 60-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, opened up about a dark time in his life. Apparently, at the time that his reality TV show "Hogan Knows Best" was running its course on the VH1 network, he encountered a series of life changing events that drove him to contemplate suicide.
The dark period occurred in 2007 and started with his wife of 24 years filing for divorce. A marital breakup alone can cause a person to go through the same mourning experience that a death of a loved one causes. Next, his son was involved in an accident that injured a passenger and was sentenced to 8 months in prison. Lastly, his television show was canceled.
Hogan described to Oprah the tail spin he took following the show's cancellation. He drank heavily to sedate the pain he was feeling which only made matters worse. Things culminated when he went out with friends and family to enjoy a New Year's Eve meal. The meal and drinks weren't to their satisfaction and everyone voiced their displeasure over it. As he took a break to get some fresh air, he was greeted by fans who expressed their appreciation to him. It was then he realized that there is what he refers to as "clean air" and "dirty air". He decided he was done breathing in dirty air and began turning his life around.
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