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Wife discovered Gary Speed's body

Wales football manager Gary Speed was found hanged at his home by his wife, an inquest has been told.

The 42-year-old father-of-two was found dead at his Cheshire home on Sunday morning.

Detective Inspector Peter Lawless, of Cheshire Police, told Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg that Speed's body was found by his wife Louise just before 7am.

He said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances and a post mortem examination found Speed's death was caused by hanging.

Mr Rheinberg said: "I adjourn this inquest until January 30, 2012. The inquest will be heard in Warrington and will commence at 2pm."

There was a huge media presence at the inquest in Warrington but members of Speed's family did not attend.

The coroner asked the media to "respect the privacy" of Speed's family.

Meanwhile, more than 10 football players have been in touch with an organisation to help them come to terms with Speed's death.

Peter Kay, the chief executive of the Sporting Chance Clinic, said: "I'm hesitant to even link that tragedy with anything good. I think it's almost inappropriate that anything good can come out of such an awful occurrence. But over 10 players have contacted me since that news broke.

"That means 10 people are seeking help. That is an unusual amount."


From Belfast Telegraph