Lyashenko committed suicide: police

New York Rangers forward Roman Lyashenko left a suicide note and then apparently tried to cut his arms and wrists before finally hanging himself, said Turkish police on Wednesday.

Lyashenko was found hanging by a belt early Sunday in the bathroom at a beach resort in Antalya, a popular southern Mediterranean spot in Turkey.

Lyashenko, 24, was on vacation with his mother and sister.

According to a paramilitary police officer, Lyashenko apologized for killing himself in the note.

The Anatolia news agency quoted Dr. Fevzi Ersov, a doctor at the hospital where Lyashenko's body was taken, as saying that tests showed he did not have AIDS or any other disease.

A Russian official said Lyashenko's body will be taken back to Russia on Thursday or Friday.

Lyashenko came to the NHL from Russia during the 1999-2000 season and posted six goals and six assists in 58 games for the Dallas Stars.

After a similar offensive campaign with the Stars the next season, Lyashenko was shipped along with Martin Rucinsky to the New York Rangers in exchange for Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten in March, 2002.

Lyashenko spent last season with Hartford of the American Hockey League where he had 23 goals and 35 assists. The Rangers called him up for two games.

In 139 career games with the Stars and the Rangers, Lyashenko tallied 14 goals and nine assists and was a minus-seven with 55 penalty minutes.

With files from Associated Press