TV star Noel Edmonds has admitted he tried to take his own life after falling victim to HBOS fraudsters.
The Deal or No Deal host, who is seeking £73 million in compensation, said he was on the 'brink of emotional annihilation' after the HBOS fraudsters helped destroy his Unique Group venture.
'Until these criminals took me to the brink of emotional annihilation, I had always felt those who opt out by taking their own lives were selfish and cowardly,' Edmonds (pictured) said in an interview with the Press Association.
'But having been cast into that bottomless dark space devoid of logic and reason, I have a much deeper understanding of life without hope.
'I seek no sympathy and feel no shame in admitting that on the evening of January 18, 2005, I attempted to end the overwhelming mental pain which had consumed my whole being.'
Edmonds, 68, praised the actions of emergency services for saving his life.
Bosses at HBOS covered up a small business lending fraud, for which its former banker Lynden Scourfield was jailed in February.
An internal report on the scam revealed the fraud was hidden by a number of HBOS executives, who stressed the importance of not disclosing it to shareholders, as far back as 2008. The bank later merged with Lloyds, which said that it could not establish whether a crime had been committed.
Scourfield was one of six individuals who were jailed for the scam, which is said to have destroyed a number of firms.
The court heard how the team conspired to arrange sex parties and exotics holidays for Scourfield from the money siphoned off the fees the earned.
Sentencing Scourfield, judge Martin Beddoe described him as a ‘thoroughly corrupt and devious man’ who ‘sold his soul for sex, luxury trips, bling and swag’.