27. November 2011
The former football player and the manager of the Wales national football team, Gary Andrew Speed, died today at the age of 42. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced his death to the media.
The Cheshire Police stated that the premier league legend was found hanged at his home in Huntington, Chester, on November 27. However, the Police did not find any evidence of doubtful conditions there and confirmed it as a suicide.
After being informed about a sudden death of a man at the early morning, the Cheshire Police went to the address and found the dead body hanging on, according to a spokeswoman. After that, one of his relative confirmed the man as Gary Speed.
Gary Speed played about 677 matches for the renowned teams Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United. He was the first player to play 500 matches in the FA Premier League. Speed became the manager of the Wales national football team in December 2010 after leaving the post of manager of Sheffield United. In 2010, he received the MBE award for his great support in football.
His sudden death shocked the footballers and his fans. Many football players and his fans shared their tributes and memories in twitter and other social networking sites. “Just cannot believe the news regarding Gary Speed. We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I’m numb. He has died aged 42. So sad. He lived local to me and we knew his family. He leaves behind 2 sons. Tragic,” said Manchester United and England Striker Michael Owen.
It is really a great loss for his family and the football world. A family tribute will be released as soon as possible, according to the reports.