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George Smitherman’s husband found dead

TORONTO – Christopher Peloso, the husband of former Ontario cabinet minister George Smitherman, has been found dead.

Smitherman released a statement early Monday morning confirming the news.

“Toronto Police just confirmed that my darling Christopher Peloso has been found dead,” wrote Smitherman. “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.”

Peloso, 40, who is married to the former mayoral candidate, was last seen in the Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area around 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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This was the second time Peloso had been reported missing this year. In September, he disappeared for two days before being found along a set of railroad tracks near Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed her sadness over Peloso’s death after fielding a question at a press conference on the ice storm Monday.

“I emailed George last night, before obviously anyone knew that Christopher had died, he responded and I have sent a message to him again,” she said. “He’ll be hugely missed and my thoughts and love are with George and the kids.”

WATCH: An emotional Kathleen Wynne remembers Peloso as a “kind, gentle, loving man.” 

Smitherman, who has two children with Peloso, posted on Twitter Sunday night, “Freedom from depression has been elusive for Christopher and once again he is missing and we fear for his safety.”

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Police have not released Peloso’s cause of death.

Watch the video below: Can someone’s depression be affected by the holiday season? Crystal Goomansingh reports. 

Former Liberal leader Bob Rae and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford issued condolences over Twitter on Monday.

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