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October 24th, 2005 9:01am EDT
George ClooneyGeorge Clooney considered committing suicide after "the worst year" of his life. The Oceans 12 actor admitted the past 12 months have been difficult to cope with after suffering an excruciating brain injury on the set of his new thriller Syriana. He was also left reeling after his grandmother, brother-in-law and dog all died within months of each other.

He told America's National Public Radio in Los Angeles: "There was this scene where I was taped to a chair and getting beaten up and we did quite a few takes. The chair was kicked over and I hit my head. I tore my dura, which is the wrap around my spine which holds in spinal fluid. But it's not my back, it's my brain. I basically bruised my brain. It's bouncing around my head because it's not supported by the spinal fluid."

The accident left Clooney with excruciating headaches and serious memory loss. He added: "Before the surgery it was the most unbearable pain I've ever been through, literally where you'd go; 'Well, you'll have to kill yourself at some point, you can't live like this.'"

But the 44-year-old revealed life became even more difficult after members of his family passed away. He confessed: "It's probably the worst year personally I have ever had. My brother-in-law died of a heart attack aged 45; my grandma fell, broke her hip and died this summer. And my dog got attacked by a rattlesnake and killed."

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