Nothing promised that a misfortune was about to happen as Wales manager Gary Speed was seemingly happy during his interview on national TV about the upcoming Wales national team’s matches. And a few hours later, the 42-year-old Wales manager and retired English Premier League footballer was found dead of an apparent suicide.
Speed was the first footballer who reached the 500 match record in the Premier League. The Welsh football player was also the youngest Leeds midfielder to lead the Beeston side to its last league title in 1992.
After initial examination, the Welsh manager is believed to have committed attempted suicide by hanging himself. The British football community was shocked, shaken by the fact that there were no signs that Speed was depressed.
Lately, things have changed for the better for the Welsh side. Wales claimed four wins in the last five matches and climbed to the top 50 from 117th.
Wales’ prospects looked good, as that of its coach. At the age of 42, Speed enjoyed professional success and even was recognized as an Honorary Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, who gave this award to him last year.
An inquiry into Speed’s apparent suicide will begin Tuesday.