Welsh manager Gary Speed was found hanged at his home in Cheshire.
Gary Speed, the former star of Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton, who appeared on the BBC’s Football Focus show yesterday, was 42 years old.
According to police, there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, which is considered suicide.
Gary Speed leaves his wife Louise and two sons.
Gary Speed retired from the game last year after winning 85 games for his country and scoring seven goals.
A hasty minute of silence was then observed at Swansea City’s match against Aston Villa at Liberty Stadium, after the news came out today.
Former teammate Shay Given, now Villa’s goalkeeper, was seen in tears before the match.
The Wales Football Association today confirmed that their manager has died.
The FAW said in a statement: “The Wales Football Association sadly announces the death of national team manager Gary Speed.
“We express our condolences and condolences to the family. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family in this very sad moment. “
A Cheshire police spokesman said: “At 7:08 a.m. today, Cheshire police were informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntingdon, Chester.
“Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. The closest ones have been informed and have confirmed the identity of the man as Gary Speed.
“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the family has asked to be left to mourn in peace.
“Death will now be a matter for the medical examiner.”
Gary Speed won 85 games for his country during his 14-year international career.
He took over the job in Wales in December 2010, although he has only four months of management experience.
Earlier this month, he said the country’s rapid improvement in recent months had exceeded all expectations.
The 4-1 friendly victory over Norway is the third consecutive victory for Wales, and Gary Speed is the fifth of 10 games as a manager.
Earlier this week, the young side of Gary Speed was handed a series of tough World Cup matches in an attempt to reach Brazil in 2014.