Wade Belak was a popular professional hockey player and defenceman that played for a number of teams, notably the Toronto Maple Leafs. A well-liked player whose primary role was to be an enforcer and protect his team-mates, his recent death on August 31st, 2011 has shocked many of us and the cause of death remains somewhat of a mystery. Police have not yet officially confirmed his cause of death but anonymous sources have revealed that it was a suicide.

Sadly, Belac’s death was the third in a string of NHL players found dead in a four-month span, following Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. Wade Belac’s mother stated that he had been suffering from depression.

As always, there are several theories floating around as to what could have caused a seemingly happy, funny and together individual to take his own life. We have heard many versions of these theories. However, the one we found the most controversial and poignant was that Wade may have been taking steroids in the past and had stopped due to retirement, etc. The theory is that someone in his role and his size would be a motivated steroid user. Once he retired there would no longer be any need for steroid use. Apparently, one of the side effects of stopping steroid use is severe depression and suicidal thoughts.

Sounds like an outlandish theory but it is possible. At this stage it makes no sense to speculate. It is best to wait for the official coroner’s report and frankly, let Wade rest in peace. The only point we are making here is that this would be an important lesson either way to take away regarding the dangers of steroid use.

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