Clarke Carlisle is “very unwell but safe in hospital”, his family has said.
The former footballer was found in Liverpool after being reported missing yesterday.
His wife Carrie, updating well-wishers on Twitter, added: “I know he would want me to remind you to talk to someone and ask for help if you feel the same way.”
A public appeal for help finding Carlisle was issued by police on Friday amid concerns over his welfare.
Lancashire Police later confirmed the former Burnley player was found in Liverpool and thanked the public for sharing a missing persons appeal.
The force tweeted: “Great news folks. Clarke Carlisle has been found safe in Liverpool. Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal. Have a good weekend.”
The 37-year-old had last been seen by a family member in Preston on Thursday afternoon.
After he was located, Carrie also issued a thank you to the public for the support offered while he was missing, and said: “Clarke has been found. Due to you all who have so kindly looked for him and shared he was missing. We all owe you a debt of gratitude.”