In arguably the most shocking news in world football this week, Gary Speed has been found hanged and dead at his home.
The possible reason which led to Gary Speed committing suicide by hanging is yet to emerge. In a statement released thanks to authorization given by Gary Speed’s family, a Cheshire Police spokesman declared:
“At 7.08am on Sunday 27 November 2011, Cheshire police was informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntington, Chester.
“Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. The next of kin have been informed and have confirmed the identity of the man as Gary Speed.
“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. The family has requested that they are left in peace to grieve at this difficult time. A family tribute will be released at a later date but not today.
“The force later confirmed that the dead man was Speed.”
Manchester United star striker Michael Owen, who lives in Gary Speed’s neighborhood, was left shocked as his message on Twitter read:
“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.”
The Football Association of Wales, meanwhile, released the following statement:
“We are sad to announce the death of the national team manager Gary Speed. We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family.
“We ask that everyone respects the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
Gary Speed represented Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United at club level as a player. In 2010, the Welsh man became his country’s national team coach.
World football was hit by tragic news earlier on, on Saturday night precisely. The team bus of Togolese football team Etoile Filante burst into flames on its way to an away game against Sokode Semassi. The accident happened approximately 100 miles north of Lome, leaving 6 people dead and at least 25 people seriously injured.
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