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Ian Thorpe Admitted To Rehab For Depression After Police Incident (VIDEO)

03/02/2014 09:55 GMT | Updated 03/02/2014 09:59 GMT

Five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab for depression after being found "disoriented" in the street.

Thorpe was found by police in the early hours of Monday morning, affected by a combination of antidepressants and the painkillers he was taking for a shoulder injury, according to his manager James Erskine.

Police spoke to Thorpe after residents near his parents' home in Panania, in Sydney's south west, reported a man allegedly breaking into a van. He was taken to Sydney's Bankstown Hospital for assessment and was later transferred to a rehab facility.

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Thorpe's punditry skills were widely praised during London 2012

Mr Erskine said: "He is in rehab for depression."

He added Thorpe thought he was sitting in his friend's car.

"The owner of the car basically called the police and the police came," he said. "They realised it was Ian Thorpe. They realised he was disoriented.

"He hadn't had a drink. "He had zero alcohol in him."

Ian Thorpe, Sydney 2000

Police said no official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated.

Thorpe, 31, lives in Switzerland and has been staying with his parents over Christmas.

Mr Erskine's admission Thorpe is in rehab comes only days after his management company denied reports he checked into a rehab facility while fighting depression and alcohol abuse.

In his autobiography, published last year, Thorpe said "not even my family is aware that I've spent a lot of my life battling what I can only describe as crippling depression".