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Top news in the sports area has come in to San Francisco. That news is reporting that Gary Speed, the Wales football (soccer) manager, has died. Speed was found dead at his home on Sunday and it looks like he died from suicide, says the UK's paper, The Telegraph.

Speed had been a previous midfielder and he had played for various clubs - Newcastle, Everton, Bolton and Leeds.

San Francisco resident, Donal Witham, who originates from the UK says, "This is very sad news indeed, the whole sports community must be devastated."

Speed was just 42-years old. Police report that there does not appear to be anything suspicious about his death.

Michael Owen, who is an ex Liverpool and now a Manchester United striker told the following to press:

"Just cannot believe the news regarding Gary Speed. We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I'm numb."

Speed will be remembered as a very talented player. He earned 85 international caps for Wales. It was back in 1988, when Speed was just 19, that he was a key player for that soccer team's First Division championship team.

Speed also held the claim to fame that in 2006, as part of the Bolton Wanderers, he was the first player to make 500 Premier League appearances, says news source, Bleacherreport.com.

Speed went on, in August 2007, to be the only soccer player to ever score in each Premier League season up to that point. It was an achievement that was later to be matched, and continued, by Ryan Giggs the midfielder of Manchester United. Giggs also hails from Wales.

News source, Bleacherreport.com, says "He became the Wales manager in December 2010, and earned his first competitive win with a 2-1 victory over Montenegro in September."

It was due to Speed being their manager that Wales improved their soccer game drastically. The team went on to win three consecutive games for the first time, since 2008.

Wales then went on to finish their qualifying stage for Euro 2012, having made three wins in their last five matches, says Bleacherreport.com

Gary Speed will be missed by the entire soccer community.

Other football players have reacted to the sad news. The Guardian in the UK says that Craig Bellamy has now pulled out of the Liverpool squad after hearing of the death of Gary Speed.

One player, Tony Dorigo, a former Leeds soccer player, said on Twitter: : "I'm completely shocked and saddened. A great guy and a better team-mate you couldn't wish for. Speedo, RIP mate."

Source: The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/nov/27/craig-bellamy-liverpool-gary-speed?newsfeed=true

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/nov/27/tributes-wales-manager-gary-speed

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