The former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton midfielder was found hanged at his home in Chester this morning.
A FAW statement read: “The Football Association of Wales are sad to announce the death of the national team manager Gary Speed. We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family. We ask that everyone respects the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
Speed had appeared on Football Focus on Saturday alongside former Leeds United colleague Gary McAllister and presenter Dan Walker, who tweeted: “Staggered by the news of Gary Speed’s death. Was with him for much of yesterday. I genuinely cannot believe it. Thoughts with his family.”
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “At 7.08am this morning, sunday 27 November, police were informed of an incident in Huntington. Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and next of kind have been informed.”
The spokesman further added that the man was found hanged.
Speed was the manager of Wales, who Scotland will face next year in their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign. Wales had recently beaten Norway 4-1 in an international friendly, which signalled Speed’s third successive win for the Welsh and Speeds fifth in ten games as manager.
Speed won 85 caps for his country during a 14-year international career.
Celtic and Wales midfielder Joe Ledley tweeted, after hearing the news: “So saddened by the loss of a great guy, manager & footballer. It was a pleasure to work under him. My thoughts are with his family.”
Our thoughts and condolences are with Gary Speed’s family.