Former NSW State of Origin star turned media identity Brett Finch has checked in to a mental health facility after suffering a medical incident on board a flight to Sydney.

Finch, who played for over a decade in the NRL with Sydney Roosters, Canberra, Parramatta and Melbourne, was taken from a plane that was flying from the Gold Coast on Sunday and put into an ambulance, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

A passenger told the newspaper Finch “looked like he couldn’t bring himself to get off the plane. White as a ghost, couldn’t control his runny nose and (appeared) paranoid.

“He wasn’t abusive. He just didn’t want to get off the plane, like he was scared about something.

“The captain came out … they had to call fireys and ambulance to get him off.”

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Another source said that the sight of Finch struggling with his breathing was “pretty confronting” and “sad”.

Several sources confirmed the former State of Origin star checked in to a facility to start work on his health.

AAP