Stephen Fry Thanks Twitter Fans For Support, Following Suicide Attempt With Pills, Vodka, When He Was Saved By Producer

Stephen Fry has thanked people for their support, following his frank revelation that he had attempted suicide last year.

He sent a message last night to his five and a half million followers on Twitter:

This followed the news that the comedian and broadcaster, who has long made public his battle with depression, made a serious attempt on his own life last year.

He referred to the episode during a conversation with comedian Richard Herring, to be broadcast in a podcast today on comedy.co.uk.

Fry explained, "It was a close run thing. I took a huge number of pills and a huge [amount] of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious. And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after."

And he explained his decision to publicise this distressing incident, "This is the first time I've said this in public, but I might as well. I'm president of Mind, and the whole point in my role, as I see it, is not to be shy and to be forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people with certain mood disorders."

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