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Eric Dane takes break from shooting TV series amid depression battle

Production on TNT show The Last Ship has been halted as star Eric Dane takes time out to deal with his depression.

Eric Dane is taking a break from TV show The Last Ship to deal with his depression.

The former Grey's Anatomy actor has requested that production of the TNT action-drama series be halted through to the end of the month (May17) so he can take some time off to relax, Variety reports.

"Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues," a representative for Dane told the publication. "He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning."

Season four of The Last Ship is set to premiere this summer, and should not be impacted by the halting of production.

The Michael Bay-produced programme has already been renewed for a fifth season, which is slated to launch in 2018.

Based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William Brinkley, The Last Ship follows the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James as its captain Tom Chandler, played by Dane, and crew attempt to find a way to find a cure for a virus which has wiped out 80 per cent of the world's population.

Dane, who shares two daughters with his wife Rebecca Gayheart, previously sought professional treatment for substance abuse issues in 2011. The 44-year-old completed a 30-day stint in rehab after developing a dependency on pain medication after suffering from a sports injury.

He later spoke about the healing process in a 2014 interview with People magazine.

“I was given copious amounts (of pills) to deal with the injury, and being a recovering alcoholic, it wasn’t a great thing to do,” he said. "I had to cowboy up and take care of the problem.

“I honestly think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time. And I’m really happy.”

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