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Gazza's agent warns former soccer star could die if he does not get help

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 3:30am
 

Paul Gascoigne's life may be in danger, the troubled England hero's agent said.

Terry Baker told BBC radio that the former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio and Rangers star, who has battled alcoholism and depression for many years, "immediately needs to get some help".

He spoke as shocking pictures of the 45-year-old, looking bloated and dishevelled, appeared in Britain's Sunday Mirror.

"I heard from Paul this evening and my best assessment would be - and I've told him this - he immediately needs to get some help," said Baker.

The agent said Gascoigne seemed "fairly incoherent" when they spoke on Saturday evening.

"Maybe no one can save him," he added. "His life's always in danger because he is an alcoholic, as he says."

Baker said his client was drunk before a charity event last Thursday and, against his advice, insisted on appearing on stage. Gascoigne had to be led from the stage "shaking uncontrollably", Baker said.

Appealing directly to the former star, Baker said: "Paul, listen to me because you know I've got your best interests at heart - you must do what you know you must do."

Known to fans as "Gazza", Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England and is considered one of the most talented English players ever.

He is best known for his exploits at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he helped England reach the semi-finals.

But he struggled with addiction and depression since retiring in 2004 and spent time in rehabilitation clinics, as well as undergoing treatment for bulimia and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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