Sad News – Gary Speed Found Dead At 42 – Suicide Suspected

Shocking news this morning that Gary Speed, the current Wales manager and former top Newcastle midfielder and Welsh International, is dead at the age of 42.

Gary Speed – dead at 42

The 42-year-old passed away in the early hours of this morning, and it comes after Gary had taken over the Welsh National side,  and had them win three games in a row for the first time for a long time.

Speed’s death was announced about an hour ago by the Welsh Football Association.

A statement from the Welsh FA read:

“The Football Association of Wales 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.”

It is being reported  that his death is a suspected suicide by hanging at his home in Huntington in Cheshire.

Cheshire Constabulary announced that they were not treating Speed’s death as suspicious, and have confirmed that his death was an apparent suicide.

Gary Speed played under Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle and played 285 times with 40 goals for the Magpies before he moved on to play for Bolton Wanderers in 2004, shortly before Robson was sacked.

Before he took over the Welsh job he was manager at Sheffield United with John Carver as his Assistant Manager.

Gary was best friends with Alan Shearer and their families used to spend their holidays together in the summer, when they both played in the very successful Newcastle side.

Not only was Gary Speed one of the best footballers Wales have ever produced – he played 85 times for his country – but he was also a wonderful person.

We are absolutely devastated by this very sad  news, and offer his family our most sincere condolences.

Rest in peace Gary Speed.

146 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1



    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Great post ED, always going to be a sad day

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Gutted. RIP to a Toon and Premier league legend.

  • Davy Craig

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4

    This is so sad! He was a success in everything he did but people cannot understand that demons can take over and thoughts control your actions. I really feel for his family.

    RIP Gary Speed – Toon Legend and a true gentleman 🙁

  • dmac

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Gary speed is up there with Rob Lee as one of my fave football players. Such a loss! Was an excellent professional for us and always captained well in the absence of Shearer. Will be truly missed.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh, easy there lads, i know it was the wrong transelation there, thats why i corrected myself, but not many saw that.
    I mean it in the best sense possible, in an ofc worst case scenario.
    I don’t know how to put it in leigh mans terms, put for those who read the 2nd post straight after, u know what i ment.

    For man to hang himself having lots of people around him to support him, and a family to take care of, surely things are not ok somewhere.

    It’s a sad, sad thing to have happened, and ofc i’ll take part in cheerising and respecting his memory, make no mistake about that.

    I was lost in transelation, that is all.

  • JackButler

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #7

    As a proud Welsh man and a proud NUFC fan, I have been left totally devastated by the tragic news about Gary Speed.
    For his passion, commitment, professionalism and love of the game, he will always be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his two sons and family xxx

  • Warwick Hunt

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #8

    I am in shock and totally lost for words. RIP Gary Speed.

  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Gary Was A True Legend – He will Be in Bobbys 1st team Squad in Heaven Now !!!!! God Bless You Gary ….R.I P… The Geordie Army !!!!!

  • stk85

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #10

    in tears. so sad. true legend¨



    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo, its just the way you typed it is all, didn’t seem very respectful.
    I understand you, all geordie will take their part in the match on saturday afternoon!

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    stunned. thought it can´t be right at first, saw him on football focus laughing and joking yesterday..

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13


  • nimo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #14

    actually shed a tear… true gent and one if my all time heros

  • Tiote4PM

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Through a stream of tears..

    Rest in Peace Gary.

  • jukitsu

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Devastated about the news. Great player and a toon legend. You can never know what kind of demons people carry in their minds. Condolences to the family of Gary Speed.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Something serious must have gone wrong in his life to push him to this tragedy.

    RIP Gary…..Top Bloke!

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m stunned…. Can’t get my head around this.

    Loved watching him in a Toon strip, whilst growing up.

    Sombre day. R.I.P Gary Speed.


    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Da black guy wit dread locks playn for swansea looks gud

  • Steve_48

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Devastated, his head must have been in a mess to do something like this.

    A truly brilliant player for us, and a gentleman.

    Rest In Peace Gary, God Speed

  • pardew no 1

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #21

    its a sad day that legends like him die doing nothing wrong and take their own lives but you have people like titus bramble alive and raping sad day

  • Selbymag

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Brilliant tribute at the Swansea game. Shay given in tears show the respect for Gary in the game.
    Tragic day for British Football.
    My thought are with those who knew and loved Gary

  • MacToon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #23

    RIP Gary Speed, shocked and saddened by this tragic news.

  • reverend-of-toon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #24

    I really am stunned to read this still even tho its been out for a few hours now. I met him a couple of times when i was a kid and he was always happy to sign autographs chat with you and was like Sir Bob a true gent. I really feel for his family esp his kids as they have lost their dad with christmas around the corner. I really hope i hear speedo is a geordie cus he was one of us and alwayd will be. RIP Gary Speed peace and love

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #25

    I grew up watching Gary Speed dominate the center of the park… one of my favourite players to ever put on a black and white Jersey…

    Rest in Peace.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m gobsmacked he seemed to have so much going for him nice family, managing his country which was going well & TV appearances. I wonder what his demons were. So sad great player and seemed like a really nice bloke RIP. I am sure the Geordie fans will show their respects next Saturday before the Chelsea game. Thoughts are with his family.

  • Selbymag

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Was a great header of the ball not big but great timer of his runs scored some vital goals for us.

  • Chaz

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Sad, sad day. Gary lived just outside my village when he was at Newcastle and I bumped into him a few times. Usually in the village shop! He also helped my daughter out with a ‘showreel’ she was putting together. Smashing bloke and refreshingly normal and down to earth.

    RIP fella. Thoughts and prayers with your wife and family.

  • ochytoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Gary speed, a legend to me and toon fans alike. RIP Gary, forever in our hearts

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Stunned and devastated. RIP

  • Tiote4PM

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    I always wanted to be Gary Speed.

    Honest, grafting centre mid playing for the toon.

    Good looks, humour and down to earth.

    Good guitarist…

    Was a close as I ever got to a real idol and role model.

    Thanks for the good times Gary – I wish I could of had 5 minutes with you to tell you how you made a difference, not only to my lives but to thousands of lives.

    Rest in Peace Guvnor.

  • HamarMagpie

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Shocked and gutted! RIP, Gary Speed. He was one of the most important bricks in Sir Bobby’s turn around of the Toon. Nice and very proffesional bloke who always gave his best. He was sold to Bolton by Sheperd behind Sir Bobbys back. Sir Bobby fumed and was sacked a few months later.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #33

    From previous article
    Couldn’t agree more davybtoon, unfortunately I won’t be at the game but I’ll watch it on telly if I hear the crowd sing “Gary Speed was a Geordie hero” I’ll sing along to my t.v. Come on guys, would be a great way to respect a truly great professional. I suspect that when we play Bolton there will be a minute silence.

  • styla

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #34

    im gutted about this news.i mean he was only on football focus yesterday.what went so wrong lastnight..WE LOVE YOU GARY

  • George Athens

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #35

    so tragic…
    i wish God of rest his soul

  • styla

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #36

    anybody remember the goal he scored in the champions league against dynamo kiev.2003 i think it was.


    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Just showed some goals on skysports, what fantastic times they were, he was in the best newcastle team ever imo

  • Hoovernose

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #38

    From a fellow North Wales boy, we’ll miss you Gary , rest in peace butty bach.

  • Geordie_In_Elmpt

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Shocked, seen him on the BBC yesterday laughing with Gary Mac.
    Heart goes out to his family
    RIP Gary
    Thanks for the service

  • ash1001

    Nov 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #40

    All of us who where proud to have watched Gary in the B & W, all feel so sad today, RIP.

    Ed please remove the non Gary Posts, the man was a legend, let this be our tribute to him.


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