38-year-old former Serbian international footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic has reportedly taken his own life due to depression.
Miljan Mrdakovic has died at the age of 38 after reportedly shooting himself in the head after struggling with depression and anxiety.
Local media report that the retired Partizan Belgrade, Anderlecht, and Gent striker took his own life in his rented Belgrade apartment over the weekend after saying “I can’t take this anymore”.
His heartbroken partner and singer, Ivana Stanic, told the media:
‘We had an ideal relationship, everything was great.
‘But he had problems, he liked to drink and I think that, in addition to the problems he had with depression, is the main reason why he did it.
‘After the end of his career, he struggled to cope because football meant everything to him.
‘He started working as an agent, but it is a job where sometimes you have work and earnings, sometimes you don’t. Then he was depressed and anxious.
‘The day before the suicide he drank a little too much and I felt like something bad could happen. I calmed him down, dragged him to bed and we talked all night.
‘When we woke up, he started drinking. I froze when I saw a gun next to him. In fact, I cried and asked him to put it away and I called his mother to talk to him.
‘I asked him to come with me and went to the bathroom to get dressed.
Every now and then I looked at what he was doing and then suddenly I heard a shot. I ran away from the apartment and called the paramedics.’
Mrdakovic played for twenty clubs across 10 countries including Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Isreal. He also played nine matches with Serbia U21s and three times for Serbia at the 2008 Olympics.