Premier League shocked by Welsh legend’s death

Gary Speed (AFP Photo / Ian Kington)
Tributes have been paid to the manager of the Welsh national football team, Gary Speed, who was found dead at his home in the English town Chester on Sunday. The 42-year-old leaves a wife and two sons.

The Football Association of Wales said in a statement on Sunday, “This tragedy should not have overtaken someone so young and talented,” adding what a huge loss it is for the nation as a whole.

The organization remained silent on the cause of death, although it has been widely reported that the football manager took his own life. However, those close to Speed say he had shown no signs of depression.

Speed won the First Division title with Leeds United in 1992 but is more famous for his appearances with Everton and Newcastle United.In 2006, he became the first player to make 500 English Premier League appearances after joining Bolton Wanderers.

The midfielder also won 85 caps for Wales – a national record for an outfield player.After finishing his on-field career, Speed was appointed Wales manager in December 2010.

On Sunday, the flags at Leeds' Elland Road Stadium flew at half mast in honor of a key player in the club's last title-winning side, while several Premier League games started with a minute's silence.

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