Just over a month ago, news broke that 2001 World Champion Sunny Garcia had been admitted to intensive care after attempting to take his own life.
While details of Sunny’s condition have been thin on the ground in the period since, it is reported that he is now breathing unassisted and is no longer on life support, although there is still no official word regarding his chances of recovery.
In a recent interview with ABC, Kelly Slater, who is a close friend of Garcia’s opened up about how the ordeal has affected him personally.
“I always hear these stories and I wonder, ‘Why don’t people talk about the thing,’ because as a human you have interest in these stories. You want to hear how someone got in this situation and why they did that,” Slater begins. “We want to hear all the gory details… Now that it has happened to a person that I consider to be my brother, I think a lot of it is best left to the family to disclose and talk about. I don’t feel like that at all because anything is hidden, I just feel like there is a privacy issue when you have a public person who has done something to try to end their life.”
Watch the rest of the interview here.