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Paul Gascoigne Returns Home After US Rehab
Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has told how he thought he was about to die as doctors tied him to a bed to help him beat his alcohol addiction.
The player, who has fought a lengthy battle against alcoholism, said his body went into seizure during a detoxification treatment at an American clinic.
He said doctors said it was the "worst detox" they had ever seen.
"Three doctors didn't think I would make it. It has got to inspire me to never let this happen again.
"I've come through that - death. I was dead," Gascoigne told The Sun newspaper.
He added: "I thought I was on my way out. I looked like a corpse. I was a total wreck."
The 45-year-old said he was in a coma for three days and was admitted to intensive care.
Gascoigne has returned to Britain after more than a month at the rehabilitation clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.
His treatment was organised by former England cricketer Ronnie Irani and radio presenter Chris Evans, a long-term friend.
The move came following a charity appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room full of fans.
The world of football has shown its concern at the latest troubled period in the life of Gascoigne, one of England's most naturally gifted players ever.
Gascoigne was sectioned five years ago under the Mental Health Act.