3. Gary Speed (1969-2011)
Gary Speed was one of the most celebrated professionals in the beautiful game. A player who amassed over 500 Premier League appearances and helped Leeds United win their third First Division title, the Welshman was a darling for millions.
He may have retired with great wealth, honour and respect, but Gary Speed shocked the world when he decided to hang himself in his car garage on 27 November 2011. His wife called for the ambulance but it was too late.
Tributes and condolences poured from every nook and corner of the country from managers, footballers, fans, pundits all alike. Players Craig Bellamy weren’t able to play that weekend out of shock.
It’s hard to fathom what form of deep sorrow could have affected Speed to take the step he took, knowing he had achieved happiness in both professional and personal life.