Christopher Peloso (pictured right), husband of veteran Canadian politician George Smitherman, was found dead Sunday, according to The Toronto Star. Peloso, who disappeared this past September and was feared dead, but was luckily found alive albeit "dirty and confused" next to some train tracks. Police have yet to release the circumstances surrounding Peloso's death but suicide is suspected to be the cause of death. Peloso was a longtime sufferer of depression. According to a statement released by George Smitherman on Twitter earlier:
“We will celebrate his life and we will find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind. A son and brother, a husband and father of 3 he will always be remembered for his dedication to others.”
Smitherman was previously the Ontario health minister and a candidate for Mayor in 2010 against current embattled incumbent Rob Ford.
Condolences from fellow politicians immediately began to pour in once news of Peloso's death surfaced.
Premier Kathleen Wynne choked back tears when she spoke about Peloso’s death.
“It’s a very, very sad day for George and his family and Christopher Peloso’s family,” she told reporters Monday…
Standing beside her own same sex partner Jane Rounthwaite, Wynne said they both knew Peloso, describing him as a “kind, gentle, loving man.”
“He will be hugely missed and my thoughts and love are with George and the kids . . . it’s just a very, very sad day for the family.”
Mayor Ford also released a statement Monday expressing his condolences:
“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Mr. Christopher Peloso, husband to Mr. George Smitherman, and loving father,” he said. “I would ask all Torontonians to extend their condolences to the family during this difficult time.”
Peloso, who was previously married to a woman and had a daughter from that union, was also the father of two adopted children he parented with Smitherman.