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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 October, 2003, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Bruno leaves hospital
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno leaves Goodmayes Hospital in east London
Friends said Bruno had been depressed for some time
Ex-heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno has left the hospital where he has been undergoing treatment for depression.

Bruno, 41, gave a thumbs-up sign as he was driven away from Goodmayes Hospital in Redbridge, Essex, on Saturday morning.

The father-of-three, wearing a red top and baseball cap, sat in the front passenger seat next to a female driver, thought to be his daughter.

Last month, Bruno was sectioned under the Mental Health Act after police and health workers visited his Essex home, near Brentwood, Essex.

During his time at Goodmayes Hospital he received hundreds of goodwill messages.

'Smiled and waved'

Bruno was driven back to his home near Brentwood in Essex, arriving shortly before 1000 BST.

On arrival, he smiled and waved at waiting reporters but did not comment.

He was driven through the gates of his home and met by members of his family.

Bruno's agent Kevin Lushing, speaking from Spain, wished the former boxer well and said he was pleased to hear he had left hospital.

But he added a note of caution: "He has a long way to go yet and he just needs to be in familiar surroundings now.

"I wish him well. I haven't spoken to him yet but I'll hopefully be seeing him this week."


SEE ALSO:
Q&A: Mental health 'sectioning'
20 Aug 02  |  Health
Profile: Frank Bruno
23 Sep 03  |  Boxing
How Bruno's troubles began
23 Sep 03  |  Boxing
Bruno's career in pictures
22 Sep 03  |  Photo Galleries
Bruno applies to box again
17 Jun 03  |  Boxing



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