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Gary Speed Dies Aged 42

Club extends condolences to family of former Everton skipper.

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Wales manager and former Everton captain Gary Speed has died at the age of 42.

The announcement was made on Sunday afternoon by his employers at the Football Association of Wales.

Speed, a boyhood Evertonian, joined the Blues in 1996 from Leeds United and made 65 appearances, scoring 18 goals before departing for Newcastle United in 1998.

Chief Executive Robert Elstone said: “It is with the very deepest of regret that we have today learned of the passing of Gary.

“Gary was a popular player during his time here at Goodison Park and on behalf of the Board of Directors, management, players, staff and fans of Everton I would like to extend our sympathies to his family at this extremely difficult time.”

Speed also played for Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United in a long and distinguished career as well as making 85 appearances for Wales.

Members of Everton's current squad have been paying tribute to Speed on Twitter.

Tim Cahill was first to Tweet, he said: "Gary Speed was the ultimate pro on and off the pitch. So sad to lose someone so special to football, friends, fans, family Rest in Peace mate."

Everton captain Phil Neville added his thoughts: "Horrific news about Gary speed my thoughts and prayers are with his family."

And Blues striker Louis Saha said he was 'destroyed' after hearing of Speed's passing.

He Tweeted: "Absolutely destroyed by the news. Love the guy and everything he represents as a professional. All my Prayers go to the Speed family. Strength."

Andrew HunterFuture Blues manager no doubt........ Tragic news for all football fans..... RIP Gary Speed

Tuesday 29th November 18:32 Report Comment

Andrew HunterFuture Blues manager without doubt..... Terrible shock to all football fans RIP Gary Speed

Tuesday 29th November 17:16 Report Comment

Nicola ReadSuch a devastating loss for his family & friends..... RIP Gary Speed

Tuesday 29th November 12:56 Report Comment

raymond woodstockRIP Gary

Tuesday 29th November 00:54 Report Comment

raymond woodstockSuch a sad lose I spoke to Gary at Bellfields on the EDSA day I ts was a shame when he left Everton I feel sorry for his Family RIP and friends BUT WE ALL WILL MISS HIM

Tuesday 29th November 00:53 Report Comment

Hugh DanielsSpeedo, share your pain with Bally and Brian Labone, and be at peace with them. Top class man - utter tragedy. Massive condolences to the family. RIP Speedo

Monday 28th November 22:34 Report Comment

Rob FisherRIP Gary, top man, top pro, top player. Proud to say a fellow Evertonian. Goodison will show how much respect it has for him on Sunday. I wish his family all the best in these difficult times

Monday 28th November 22:18 Report Comment

mark patrickyour in my heart your in my soul, rest in peace gary

Monday 28th November 20:25 Report Comment

stuart daviesas a proud evertonion and welshman i am deeply saddend by garys death,a great player,great manager,and above all,a great man.R.I.P.

Monday 28th November 17:41 Report Comment

natasha holsgrovesuch a shocking sad lose. I can remember watching him play as a kid. Amazing player and all round genuine nice guy with a love for the game.Thoughts and love to his family. R.I.P x

Monday 28th November 16:39 Report Comment

john atkinsonsuch a sad loss to the game,blue through and through had the makings of being a very good manager ,thoughts go out to his family

Monday 28th November 12:12 Report Comment

patrick whittyStill shocked at the news about Gary Speed. I was a big fan even before he joined us. Model professional and a great hero. Thoughts go out to his family and close friends. Rest in peace gary

Monday 28th November 09:33 Report Comment

GEORGE HENNESSEYa True Gentleman a Perfect Role Model as a Person, Player, Wil be sadly missed by all. Devastated Shocked and Stunned. REST IN PEACE WHY? WHY? WHY?

Monday 28th November 09:31 Report Comment

alan kanetruly sadned by this shockin news goodnight night godbless to one of me boyhood heros R.I.P speedy

Monday 28th November 09:30 Report Comment

Andy PearceGUTTED AND STUNNED!

Monday 28th November 03:51 Report Comment

Stephen ThomasStunned. Very sad. What a great professional. I agree with the minutes round of applause to show our respect. Rest In Peace Gary

Sunday 27th November 21:02 Report Comment

Keith Daniel RobertsI can't believe it. Tragic news. My favourite player for years before he left. A fantastic man too by all accounts. A loss to us all. R.I.P Gary

Sunday 27th November 20:56 Report Comment

Ian Wolfeterrible terrible news of a great everton player.Let all prayers be with his family

Sunday 27th November 20:10 Report Comment

Gareth MahonEverton fan Everton player our blue family is 1 lighter,RIP mate

Sunday 27th November 18:48 Report Comment

Gareth MahonEverton fan Everton player our blue family is 1 lighter,RIP mate

Sunday 27th November 18:48 Report Comment

dave lawsonawful news, rip gary, godson hero forever

Sunday 27th November 18:09 Report Comment

I'm 31, Welsh and an Evertonian. I was so proud to see Speedo wearing Blue and he never gave less than 100%. Just feel hit for six by this sad, sad news. R.I.P. Gary

Sunday 27th November 17:59 Report Comment

joanne bloorSad sad loss of such a lovely individual, RIP Gary Speed u will never be forgotten. xx

Sunday 27th November 16:44 Report Comment

moira gibbonsDevastating news of Gary Speed's death, a great men a fabulous captain & a true blue. Condolences to your family, RIP, Gary. xxx

Sunday 27th November 15:56 Report Comment

david browneGary Speed you was a great player for all the clubs you represented and it was my privilage to watch you play for Everton my thoughts are with you on this very sad day for football! R.I.P Gary!

Sunday 27th November 15:52 Report Comment

Patrick MooreSleep well Billy. Sincerest condolences to the Speed family.

Sunday 27th November 15:47 Report Comment

Nigel NorcliffeSO sad to hear that Gary Speed has passed in unfortunate circumstances, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this devastating news. RIP Gary, a true gentleman of football

Sunday 27th November 15:41 Report Comment

Robert BellShattered to hear of Garys passing he gave us some wonderful memories of his time with us . Deepest Sympathy to his Family at this time Bob Bell

Sunday 27th November 15:39 Report Comment

keith pettittR I P Gary Speed, a sad and tragic loss not just to football, my thoughts and sympathy go to his family at this time, a truly great professional and a truly great man.

Sunday 27th November 15:01 Report Comment

Sharon-Ann DawsonShocking news, My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. A devastating loss for Wales. Once a blue always a blue, rest in peace Gary. x

Sunday 27th November 15:00 Report Comment

Debbie FinchDevastating news and my thoughts go out to his family. I hope The Everton family show how much he meant to us by having a minutes applause or silence. RIP Gary xx

Sunday 27th November 14:47 Report Comment

Pauline DavisAbsolutely shocked at the tragic news of Gary's passing. So young! Heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends, including his "everton" family. Will be sadly missed. Tony and Pauline

Sunday 27th November 14:29 Report Comment

matt searleR.I.P gary speed such sad news and cant believe such a great pro n player thoughts go out to the family...

Sunday 27th November 14:25 Report Comment

Nick MillingtonHope some of the fans can now stop seeing him as Judas. Was forced out.

Sunday 27th November 13:57 Report Comment

Richard ManningShocked to hear about Gary Speed. Our thoughts are with his family. Never to be forgotten.

Sunday 27th November 13:47 Report Comment

graham griffithsR.I.P gary thoughts are with your family

Sunday 27th November 13:47 Report Comment

Hywel JonesTotal devastation, im speechless. NOS DA GARY......

Sunday 27th November 13:39 Report Comment

john corcoranAny former captain of ours will be sorely missed,thoughts with his family RIP

Sunday 27th November 13:32 Report Comment

Mark AtkinsonFeel completely numb at the news. Deepest condolences to Gary's family. Cannot beggin to understand why. Thank you Gary Everton legend.

Sunday 27th November 13:29 Report Comment

daniel finchshocked thats all i can say r.i.p gary.......

Sunday 27th November 13:28 Report Comment
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