Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has left a
psychiatric hospital, three weeks after being sectioned.
According to The Sun, Gazza, 40, was picked up by sister
Lindsay and driven to his dad's home before moving to a secret location.
"He looked frail and staggered to the car. It was a really
sad sight," said a witness.
The former Newcastle
and Spurs ace had been held under the Mental Health Act after his bizarre
antics worried staff at Newcastle's Malmaison Hotel.
He had taken to answering the door naked with "MAD" scrawled
on his forehead, and would wander around the hotel with squawking toy parrots.
Gazza was taken to the secure Middleton St George Hospital
near Darlington, Co Durham, where psychiatrists, therapists and nurses treated
His condition was so bad it was feared he might face
Last night a source revealed: "When he arrived he was high
as a kite and had six bags of cocaine on him. He was obnoxious and drunk.
"Towards the end he rarely left his room and didn't mix much
with the other patients.
"He just lay on his bed all day eating biscuits.
"Then he'd ask if you wanted his autograph and say he wanted
to play football. It's very sad."
Gazza won the hearts of the nation when he famously burst
into tears during England's 1990 World Cup semi-final.
His career descended into booze, drugs and marriage woes.