Dan Walker was left in tears as he gives an incredibly emotional tribute to the late Gary Speed who sadly died 11 years ago.
The former BBC Breakfast presenter interviewed Gary on Football Focus the day before he was found dead by his wife on the 27th of November, 2011.
In 2021, he provided a heartwarming memorial for the football legend which left many viewers in tears, and the clip is doing the rounds online again.
The newsreader and broadcaster later thanked viewers for their kind comments on Twitter after the show aired. You can view it for yourself by clicking play below…
This video of Dan Walker discussing his memories of Gary Speed always hits me like a ton of bricks.
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Speed was found in his garage by his devastated wife Louise aged 42 years old.
An inquest found that the cause of death was “self suspension”, although the coroner said: “The evidence does not sufficiently determine whether this was intentional or accidental”.
In a heartbreaking blog post following his death, Dan called Speed “kind, funny, intelligent and insightful”.
“I found him to be a top bloke and really enjoyed his company,” he wrote.
“On Saturday he was cracking jokes with Gary McAllister, his midfield partner from the title-winning Leeds side of 1991-92.
“Off-air we talked about playing golf, how good his boys were at football and his dreams of taking Wales to the World Cup in 2014.
“He was always interested in what you were up to. He would say, ‘How are you finding Sheffield, Dan? Are you and the kids settling in OK?’ That was part of his charm – he cared.”
Dan continued: “After Focus we recorded a 10-minute piece with Gary talking about Wales qualifying campaign for the next World Cup. He spoke with passion about the fixtures and desire to see success.
“His hope was that the upturn in form would see his team playing in front of full stadia again. He joked about Team GB and how Scotland would be an easy game, McAllister giggled.
“Those words and hopes for the future seem so poignant now. There was certainly no hint of any troubles or any indication of what was going to happen a few hours later.”
Dan had known Speed for several years and had played football with him in a charity match two months prior.
He said he was “stunned” and “incredibly saddened” by his friend’s death, and called him a “top bloke”.
Dan said Speed’s death still “eats him up” and he still recalls “every word” they said that day.
Speaking on the Headliners podcast, Dan said: “Could I have said something to him that day? “Now, was I a good enough friend to him, could I have spotted something?
“And I’ve been through every conversation, virtually every word, I can remember verbatim what we spoke about on that Saturday.
“The final thing he said to me was, he was talking in detail about all the games that Wales had coming up and what tactics he was going to play in those tournament qualifiers.
“And he spoke about his children and he asked me about my children, which is what he always did, he always asked people about what was going on in your life, he was interested in other people.
“And I’ve been through every word that he said that day and the same with Gary McAllister and we’ve wondered as friends could we have done something or was there something we could have seen or something we could have predicted.
“And it does, it eats you up a bit.
“But I feel far more concerned for his two boys and I feel so happy that, they’re never going to be in a great place because they’ve lost their dad, but they’re in a really positive place and they are looking forward to living their lives to the full.”
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