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Gary Speed: inquest leaves questions unanswered

by | 31st, January 2012

GARY Speed is dead. And the tabloids pile in on Louise Speed, the widow and mother to his two young sons.

The inquest into the death of the man who played football for Leeds, Newcastle, Everton, Bolton and Sheffield United found that he died by hanging. Why did he place a noose about his neck? We don’t know. The therapy industries spoke long and loud about how Speed was a depressive, making him the leader of a Suicide FC. The PFA issued a glamorous pamphlet reminding young footballers of famous faces who had suffered from mental illness. This was death by football. The private man would be defined by his job held in the public eye even after his death.

It’s unlikely we ever will know why Gary Speed died. We don’t even know if he killed himself the coroner ruled an open narrative verdict, meaning Gary Speed could have died in an accident. Coronoer Rheinberg says it may have been a dramatic gesture gone wrong. The coroner stuck to the facts.

Suicide or not, the death of Gary Speed is not without pain, not least of all for Speed’s loved ones left behind. Chief mourner is Louise Speed. Today, she is all over the front pages:

The Sun: “OUR ROW ON NIGHT GARY DIED Wife’s night in car; He’d sent suicide text”

Louise spent part of the night in her car that part after the couple had returned home late from a party. The “suicide text” was not Speed’s suicide note, rather a text in which the Wales manger mentioned the possibility of ending it all. He discounted the thought in the same text.

The Daily Mail: “The Agony of Gary speeds’ Widow” We argued. I spent the night in the car. Next morning I saw his body hanging in the garage.”

The Daily Mirror: “TRAGIC Speed’s Widow Gary and I had words I

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