Speed’s family ‘overwhelmed’

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THE family of Gary Speed said they were “overwhelmed by the support” they had received following the Wales manager’s death on Sunday.

Speed’s agent Hayden Evans - who was also the best man at Speed’s wedding - spoke outside the family home in Cheshire, where his body was found on Sunday morning. Sources confirmed the 42-year-old Speed was found hanged.

Tributes have poured in for the former Wales, Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United midfielder from across the sporting and political world. Evans said: “Gary’s family would sincerely like to thank all the people that have sent messages of condolence and tributes in what is a very difficult time.”

He added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support and it really has helped. We would ask that the family are now given the respect of some privacy to just grieve on their own.”

Cheshire Police said the inquest into Speed’s death will be opened today at Warrington Coroner’s Court at 3pm.