Interesting to note that when he was prescribed Seroxat after suffering a panic attack, he then began to lose his grip on reality. Seroxat is notorious for increasing agitation, akathisia and anxiety, which can then lead to suicide. Ian Redford was found dead in a woods near his home, and it seems Seroxat was involved. The articles don’t say how long he was on Seroxat for – or if he was withdrawing at his time of death, I guess we will have to wait for the results of the inquest to find out more… but at this stage it looks like yet another tragic SSRI (Seroxat-Paxil) induced Suicide…
The signs of Redford’s mental disintegration came when his playing career was petering out in a wretched second season at St Johnstone. He and his wife had taken their daughter, Natalie, to the cinema in Perth when the first of what he would later realise was a panic attack – “terrifying” – forced him to leave the auditorium.
“His description of that afternoon has overtures of Eadie’s testimony, and after being prescribed the antidepressant Seroxat, Redford felt he was losing all grip on reality.”
Tributes pour in for former Rangers and Dundee United star Ian Redford who was found dead in woods near his home
RANGERS and Dundee United hero Ian Redford was found dead in woods yesterday, aged just 53.
Police said the tragedy was not being treated as suspicious.
Father-of-three Ian was discovered in Shewalton Woods in Irvine, Ayrshire, a few miles from his home in Saltcoats.
Former Ibrox team-mate Sandy Jardine led the tributes last night. He said: “Ian was a great athlete and a very good professional. But most of all, he was just a really nice lad.”
Ian is survived by wife Janine and children Ian jnr, Gavin and Natalie. The family were too upset to comment last night.
A family friend said: “This has come as a real shock. The first I heard about it was when it flashed up on the TV. We’re absolutely stunned.
“Things haven’t been easy for the family in the last wee while. They have moved about a bit.
“They are a close family. I just can’t imagine how the kids will be feeling.”
Classy midfielder Ian became the most expensive player ever sold by one Scottish club to another when Rangers bought him from Dundee for £210,000 in 1980.
He won three League Cups and one Scottish Cup at Ibrox before moving to Dundee United in 1985.
There, he played a major role in United’s famous run to the 1987 UEFA Cup final, starring in the quarter-final triumph over Barcelona before scoring the clinching goal in a 2-0 second leg semi-final victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Legendary United goalie Hamish McAlpine said of his death: “It’s absolutely terrible news – one of those things you can’t believe when you hear it.
“Nobody really knows what Ian was going through. My thoughts go out to his family first and foremost.
“Ian was such a nice lad. He just came in every day and trained hard then went away to get on with his life.”
Another United hero, Eamonn Bannon, said: “Ian was a great guy and a fantastic asset for Dundee United. My thoughts and sympathies are with his wife and children.”
Tommy McLean, who played with Ian at Rangers, said: “He was a really nice, quiet lad off the park, quite reserved.
“When my brother Jim asked about signing him for United, I had no hesitation in recommending him.”
Ian also played for Ipswich and St Johnstone and managed Brechin City before a final taste of glory as a player with Raith Rovers, where he helped win the League Cup in 1994.
Starks Park team-mate Gordon Dalziel said: “Ian was a terrific lad, brilliant with the young players.
“He always took time to help people and pass on his experience.
“You can sum people up by what other people say about them and I never heard a bad word said about Ian.”
Football was often an escape for Ian – from a childhood tragedy that haunted him throughout his life.
He grew up on a Perthshire farm with parents Douglas and Elizabeth, little brother Dougie and sister Jill.
But Dougie fell ill with leukaemia. And Ian, who was only seven at the time, never fully got over his death.
In his autobiography Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, serialised in the Record, he wrote: “It was a total,
“There was guilt, because when Douglas was alive I treated him like a normal brother. I would regularly say things like, ‘When will Dougie be better, mum?’”
The strain of caring for Dougie took its toll on his parents. Ian said his once-happy dad became withdrawn and reclusive, while his mother turned to alcohol to try to numb the pain.
Ian got home from a school football match in December 1972 to be told Dougie had hours to live.
He recalled: “I bolted from the kitchen, threw myself on the bed and sobbed my heart out. My life felt like it had just imploded with the shock of it all.”
Even at the end of his career, Ian was struggling to come to terms with Dougie’s loss.
He spoke to a sports psychologist about it to try to deal with his feelings of guilt – and he and Jill visited Dougie’s grave in Kinclaven, Perthshire, every December.
Ian admitted that, at the start of his football career, he “lacked self-esteem as a person, rather than as a player”. He added: “The football gave me an escape. It gave me the buzz.”
He also confessed that he struggled with the pressure of being Rangers’ record signing.
He said: “My frustrations led to me feeling depressed and I was drinking to blot everything out – but it solved nothing.
“It was a vicious downward spiral. Looking back, I can see I was very depressed.”
Ian got to the top in football despite a childhood illness that left him deaf in one ear and led doctors to advise him to avoid contact sports.
After retiring, he briefly worked as an agent, then in golf tourism.
A gifted golfer, he spoke of his dream of joining the seniors tour aged 51. Ian jnr is a professional.
Police said: “At around 11.15am, police received a report of a man’s body being found in a wooded area near Long Drive in Irvine.
“Inquiries are continuing. A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death.”