ALEC BALDWIN started praying for death when he went to bed at night after divorcing Kim Basinger and losing custody of their child.

The actor split with the Hollywood babe in 2000, and has revealed the legal disputes which eventually robbed him of his daughter IRELAND were devastating - and made him wish for death.

Baldwin says, "The loss of my family was the most catastrophic and painful thing I ever had to go through.

"There was a period when I didn't want to live. I'd go to bed at night and say, 'Just please let me die in my sleep.' I didn't want to live anymore without my daughter."

11/11/2003 09:44