Actor Eric Dane has made his first public appearance since revealing his struggle with depression.


Dane, 44, appeared at the 16th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball with his wife, Rebecca Gayheart, and their daughters Billie, 7, and Georgia, 5. The actor said in May that he was taking some time off from his TNT show The Last Ship due to his illness.

“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” Dane’s rep said in a statement after his show paused production. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request.”

Dane “looks forward to returning” to the show, the fourth season of which airs Aug. 20, and has already been renewed for a fifth season.

In 2011, the Grey’s Anatomy alum entered rehab for an addiction to painkillers that began after surgery from a sports-related injury. He and his wife, who wed in 2004, have attended the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball nearly every year since its launch. The charity raises money for the homeless and impoverished.


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