London, Nov 28 : Welsh national manager Gary Speed, 42, was found hanging at his 1.5 million pound house in Huntington on the outskirts of Chester on November 27.
His wife found his dead body and reported the matter to the police at about 7 a. m. (local time), who said there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’ regarding his death.
Speed had spoken enthusiastically about his team’s reviving fortunes on BBC 1’s Football Focus programme few hours before his death.
His sudden death has shocked the entire sports fraternity, The Daily Mail reports.
“He was as bubbly as I’ve known him. He was talking about his kids, how they were really coming on, and talking about playing golf next week,” anchor Dan Walker said.
“Even small things like how he’d just got into Twitter. It’s awful to think someone who was so gifted and so well liked with the rest of his life to look forward to has been cruelly removed. He was in such a good mood about the show and said he’d love to come back before Christmas,” he added.
“I just can’t believe it. He was my mate and he’s gone. I’ve got very close to Gary in the last few years – the guy is a trooper, he’s left two gorgeous kids behind and a beautiful wife. He had everything,” Speed’s team-mate Robbie Savage said.
Players observed a minute’s silence in Speed’s memory before the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Aston Villa at Liberty Stadium.
“The Prime Minister was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Gary Speed, who was greatly respected by football fans across the country both as a player and manager. The Prime Minister’s thoughts are with his family and friends on this very sad day for fans everywhere, especially in Wales,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.
Speed made his league debut for Leeds United in May 1989, and represented Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton Wanderers during his career.
Speed is survived by his wife Louise, and two children, Tommy and Ed. (ANI)