World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury thanks team for being there when he ‘didn’t want to be alive’ in emotional message

Fury battled through alcoholism, drug addiction and depression to return to the ring
Fury battled through alcoholism, drug addiction and depression to return to the ring - (Copyright SIPA USA/PA Images)
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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has thanked every member of his team for helping him come through severe depression in an emotional post.

The Gypsy King defeated long-reigning king of the division Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015 to claim multiple versions of the heavyweight title belt.

Fury stopped Deontay Wilder to regain the world heavyweight championship back in February - (Copyright PA)

But Fury then spiralled out of control as he suffered with drug and alcohol abuse and went into a dark mental state.

After more than two years out of the ring he then returned in 2018, losing ten stone before fighting for the heavyweight title again at the end of the year against American Deontay Wilder, a contest which controversially ended in a draw with many believing Fury did enough to win.

And then in February of this year Fury finally got his revenge as he stopped Wilder in seven rounds to reclaim a version of the world heavyweight championship.

That long road to recovery is one the 31-year-old recognises he could not have done on his own and took to Instagram on Saturday to thank those around him.

He said: "Massive shoutout to my team every single member you know who you are.

"There was a time not so long ago where I was so unwell the only thing I could think of was death and how I didn’t want to be alive.

"Just over 2.2 years later I’m loving life and healthy as a trout, & have reached the pinnacle of sport again, this shows you no matter how bad things get you must continue as things will get better I promise you, you can get your life back.

"Seek help immediately #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #staysafe have a blessed weekend, much love to everyone."

Fury is now due to face Wilder in a trilogy bout at the end of this year, although promoter Bob Arum has warned it could be pushed to February 2021 if crowds are not able to return in the United States by the end of 2020.

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