TORONTO — Former deputy premier George Smitherman says his husband, who went missing Sunday morning, has been found dead.
Christopher Peloso, 40, disappeared around 11 a.m. Sunday from their home the second time in less than four months.
Police and Smitherman issued a public appeal for help locating the man, who Smitherman said suffered from depression.
Smitherman issued a statement around 4 a.m. Monday saying police had found his husband dead.
“Toronto police just confirmed that my darling Christopher Peloso has been found dead.
“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 three he will always be remembered for his dedication to others.
Peloso had a daughter from a previous marriage and he and Smitherman adopted two children.
“We have been greatly aided by the compassion of the Toronto Police Service and we will find strength going forward from the legions of people in our extended family who loved him so.”
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne choked back tears Monday as she remembered Peloso.
She said she and her wife, Jane Routhwaite, “knew Christopher as just a kind, gentle, loving man. He will be hugely missed.”