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'Hercules' star Kevin Sorbo: 'I understood suicide after strokes'

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Kevin Sorbo has confessed that he "understood" suicide after suffering from an aneurysm and three strokes in 1997.

The former Hercules and Kull the Conquerer star revealed that he experienced vision problems and a constant "humming" in his head for years after the illnesses, which he recounts in his new memoir True Strength.

"Obviously, it completely turned my life around. I went from 14-hour days on the set to one hour a day for the next half of the season until I could slowly build myself up again," he told The Huffington Post.

"It was a good three years before I felt normal again, and over two years for the generator sound in my head to stop. It was like a low humming sound, 24 hours a day.

"I told my wife I never understood suicide until then. There would be people who wouldn't be as strong as I am - I'm a very strong-willed person - this would be too much for them to handle.

"It was horrible. I literally went from a guy in his 30s - in as good as shape as most athletes in their early 20s - to a guy who was 90 years old within seconds."

He went on to say that while he struggled with his condition, he has since come to regard the experience as a gift, adding: "It didn't kill me. It certainly made me stronger. It pushed me to become a bigger and stronger man - physically and mentally."

Sorbo recently signed up for a cameo role on ABC's new comedy Apartment 23 alongside Dean Cain.

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