London, Mar.8 : 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 him.
His condition was so bad it was feared he might face electro-shock treatment.
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.
Story first published: Saturday, March 8, 2008, 13:22 [IST]
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