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Kelsey Grammer: Personal tragedies challenged my faith

Kelsey Grammer has told how he struggled to maintain his faith after facing a string of tragedies.

The Frasier star's father was shot and killed when he was in his early teens, his 18-year-old sister was abducted and murdered in 1975 and his two half-bothers died in a diving accident in 1980.

In 2012 the actor and his wife lost a son in utero.

Grammer, 61, told Radio Times: "I had a very spiritual youth. Then I had the challenges of a couple of really big tragedies."

Asked if his faith ever wavered, the Cheers star said: "I probably lost it.

"There was a time when I abandoned the effort to find a reason to be alive.

"But things happened that said to me, 'Get up, Bambi.' I guess that's my raison d'etre: 'Go on, get up Bambi.'"

The US actor also battled substance abuse problems, but has been sober since a stint in rehab several years ago.

And he insisted: "If I hadn't had adversity, I wouldn't be where I am."

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