Inquest: Gary Speed death may have been an accident, rules coroner.

Inquest: Gary Speed and wife Louise. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Inquest: Gary Speed and wife Louise. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
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FORMER Sheffield United boss and ex-player Gary Speed texted his wife days before his death in Cheshire and “talked in terms of taking his life”, an inquest has heard.

The former Wales football manager, who also played for Everton, Newcastle, Leeds and Bolton, was found hanged at his Cheshire home on November 27 last year by his wife Louise.

But in a narrative verdict, coroner Nicholas Rheinberg, who gave the cause of death as hanging, said “the evidence does not sufficiently determine whether this was intentional or accidental”.

Mrs Speed told the inquest into his death at Warrington Coroner’s Court that she had had a text conversation with Speed, 42, just days before he died.

The inquest heard he had talked in terms of taking his life but that he “dismissed it”, saying that he was “excited” about the future with his wife and two sons.

Mrs Speed said the text referred to their “ups and downs” but went on about “how important the boys were” and about “moving forward”.

The inquest heard that the couple “had words” on the night before he was found dead after they had been to a dinner party at a friend’s house.

“We walked in the house and we had an exchange of words about something and nothing,” Mrs Speed said.

Mrs Speed confirmed there was no note or message left by her husband before his death.

In a statement read out after the inquest, his family said the day of his death was the “worst day of our lives” but his memory “shines brightly in our thoughts”.