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Rick Springfield Opens Up About Having Suicidal Tendencies

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Rick Springfield, best known for his chart-topping hits and roles in a number of movies and television shows, was just 17 years old in 1968 when he landed the opportunity to perform for U.S. troops in Vietnam.

However, during his time there, the Americans came under attack, and Springfield had to help load mortars so they could defend themselves. Unfortunately, one of these explosives killed a Viet Cong soldier.

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Once Springfield returned home, he tried to move on, and his big break came in 1972 when he arrived in the U.S. He quickly became a teen heartthrob with a string of hits under his belt. His career stalled for a while, but he made a comeback with his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl" and in that same year, he joined the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake.

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Despite all of his success, the Australian-born entertainer struggled with depression and suicidal tendencies, which were further fueled by the guilt of killing a man and the pressures of fame.

"That was a war situation but it is still something that to this day sends a shiver down my spine," Springfield said.

Decades later, Springfield is still experiencing some dark periods, and recently opened up about his battle.

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