Anorak | Gary Speed’s accidental death – coroner sticks to the facts

Gary Speed’s accidental death – coroner sticks to the facts

by | 30th, January 2012

SO. Why did Gary speed kill himself? Was it wilful? Was it an accident that he died? We don’t know.

The Leveson Inquiry into media standards and phone hacking debates caused the story of Gary Speed to be glossed over by the tabloids. The talk was of depression – although we heard no record of Speed being a sufferer. The therapy industries milked the death of the Wales manager, the PFA produced a glamorous booklet, and current and former players orchestrated their grief on twitter and in newspaper columns. The Daily Star wondered how many more footballers would die turning the game into a death cult.

The Times was one of the few voices of dissent in the mainstream media, asking in a headline: “MYSTERY OVER MANAGER’S DEATH.” How Times’ hacks must have longed for their sister organ the News of The World t o do what it did and rake over the ashes. But the NoW was dead. The media was being watched. Any story on Speed could wait.

There was chatter and more chatter. As we said, to his friends, Speed’s suicide would always be inexplicable. But to the rest of us it’s just a sad story. We want to know why he died because we’re nosy and curious and want to understand. The media knows its job. It was softly tapping on the Speeds’ front door . Would Louise Speed feel a need to speak with them and offer an insight into her husband’s death?

We waited and now she speaks. The Mail writes:

Speed’s tearful widow reveals she stormed out of their house after row and spent night in the car before she found him hanging in garage. The widow of former Wales manager Gary Speed today admitted that she stormed out of their house after an argument and spent the night in the car hours before he was found dead.

Admitted? The Mail is swift to employ the language of accusation to describe Mrs Speed. The paper laces the story with a whiff of something salacious. The few details are being factionalised.

Louise Speed, 40, made the revelation during the inquest into the former footballer’s death at Warrington Town Hall in Cheshire.

So. Mrs Speed is not speaking to the media. Mrs Speed is just helping the

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