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Gary Speed’s father speaks of pain over his death

Caption: Conference being held in Harrogate in response to the rising number of suicides in Yorkshire

File photo dated 10/10/11 of former Wales manager Gary Speed, as the inquest into the death of Speed will take place today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 30, 2012. Speed, who played for Sheffield United, Everton, Newcastle, Leeds and Bolton, was found hanged at his Cheshire home in November last year by his wife Louise. See PA story INQUEST Speed. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Caption: Conference being held in Harrogate in response to the rising number of suicides in Yorkshire File photo dated 10/10/11 of former Wales manager Gary Speed, as the inquest into the death of Speed will take place today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 30, 2012. Speed, who played for Sheffield United, Everton, Newcastle, Leeds and Bolton, was found hanged at his Cheshire home in November last year by his wife Louise. See PA story INQUEST Speed. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The father of former Sheffield United manager Gary Speed has said he still does not understand why his son killed himself.

Gary, who played for and managed The Blades, was found hanged at his home in November 2011.

At his inquest, coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said he could not be satisfied he had killed himself.

Roger Speed, Gary’s father, said his family are still struggling to come to terms with the 42-year-old’s death.

He said: “Haven’t a clue, don’t know why, can’t fathom it out at all.

“He had the world at his feet. Just unbelievable.”

He said the family have been touched by the outpouring of support they have received following Gary’s death.

His family have set up a charity in his name, the Gary Speed Trust, and at the weekend, more than 350 people competed in a fun run in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in aid of the charity.

It was organised by Colwyn Bay FC, where Roger is a club patron.

John Martin, club vice-president, said: “It was a fantastic success for the first one. It was terrific so many runners came in different football shirts, which was a great tribute to Gary.

“The idea was to pay tribute to Gary and hopefully we have done that.”

Gary’s family were there to cheer on those taking part in the run.

Roger said: “I am made up so many people turned out.

“It was a wonderful day and a super tribute to Gary.

Mum Carol said: “We have had so many lovely comments from people about Gary which we appreciate so much.

It was a wonderful day.”

 
 
 

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