As a football fan, to say I'm stunned by today's news that Gary Speed has died is an understatement. He had a wonderful career epitomised by honest hard-work, endeavour and intelligent movement that allowed him to drift into scoring positions at the last minute. I've had the privilege of seeing him play on a number of occasions.
He also had a beautiful wife and two children...and yet...it still apparently wasn't enough. It just shows that you can never truly know someone, and undoubtedly there will be many many hurt people tonight who believed they could have helped if only he'd approached them.
Despite all the headlines of the danger of drugs and knife crime, suicide is a much bigger killer of men, particularly young men, and one that could be largely prevented if not for the stigma of its causes. If nothing else hopefully today's tragic news will help reverse that.
My condolences go to his wife and his two children at this terrible time.
RIP Mr Speed