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Speed's hanged body was found by wife, inquest told

Paul Keaveny

Published 30/11/2011 | 05:00

Wales football manager Gary Speed was found hanged at his home by his wife, an inquest was told yesterday

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The 42-year-old father of two was found dead at his Cheshire home on Sunday morning.

Detective Inspector Peter Lawless, of Cheshire Police, told Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg that Mr Speed's body was found by his wife Louise just before 7am.

He said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances and a post- mortem examination found Speed's death was caused by hanging.

Mr Rheinberg said: "I adjourn this inquest until January 30, 2012. The inquest will be heard in Warrington and will commence at 2pm."

There was a huge media presence at the inquest in Warrington but members of Mr Speed's family did not attend.

The coroner asked the media to "respect the privacy" of the family.

Earlier yesterday, Welsh Assembly members observed a minute's silence in the Senedd, Cardiff Bay, while flags continue to fly at half mast outside the Welsh Assembly buildings Ty Hywel and the Senedd.

Speaking on behalf of the footballer's widow, Louise, and the family, Speed's agent, and best man at his wedding, Hayden Evans, said last night they had been "overwhelmed" with messages of support and condolence.

Tributes to the former Leeds United, Everton and Newcastle United midfielder, also poured in from a host of public and sporting figures, led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Cameron said: "I know he meant an enormous amount to people and people feel very, very sad on his behalf and on his family's behalf."

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