Ian Thorpe taken to hospital

Olympic great Ian Thorpe was taken to hospital by police early on Monday morning after calls from concerned residents in Panania, south-western Sydney.

Police said emergency services were called to a Panania street about 3am ‘‘after concerns were raised for a man seen near a vehicle’’.

Police from Bankstown spoke to Thorpe at the scene and took him to hospital for treatment.

‘‘No official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated,’’ police said.

Thorpe, 31, has been living in Switzerland for the past 18 months but has been staying with his parents in Panania over Christmas.

Channel 10 news reported Thorpe had been found ‘‘dazed and disorientated’’.

Last Friday, reports emerged that Thorpe had been admitted to rehab battling depression and alcohol abuse but his management denied them, saying instead the swimmer had been in hospital for a shoulder operation.

Friends say Thorpe has struggled to adjust to life after swimming and with the disappointment of a failed comeback at the London Olympics in 2012.

He released an autobiography last year in which he said he had struggled with depression and alcohol abuse.

"Not even my family is aware that I've spent a lot of my life battling what I can only describe as crippling depression," the five-time Olympic gold medallist wrote.

He said he had also used alcohol as a way of dealing with hard times in his life.

The police statement on Monday did not name Thorpe but it was given in response to questions about him. 

Sydney Morning Herald

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