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Strictly’s Dan Walker issues heartbreaking tribute to late friend

Strictly Come Dancing’s Dan Walker revealed he had been in tears just hours before the live show on Saturday after sharing a moving tribute to his late friend.

The BBC Breakfast presenter recorded a video tribute for BBC Sport to former Welsh professional footballer and manager, Gary Speed, who took his own life in 2011 aged 42.

In the video clip, he could be seen wiping away tears as he paid tribute to his friend on the 10th anniversary of his death yesterday (November 27).

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He said: “Gary Speed was an amazing footballer and just an all-round good bloke.

“Anybody who played alongside Gary would always say that he was brilliant in the dressing room, always the player that others went to when they had a problem.

“I always found him to be a very kind bloke, he was always interested in other people. He’d always ask you about your family…he’d remember thing you’d said to him in previous conversations.

“I don’t think there are many people like that”

Dan also urged people to talk to someone if they felt like there was no other way out as he described having met with Gary the day before his death.

“I remember I just walked home really numb…when you think about the day I’d had with him the day before, you can’t help but ask yourself whether you could have done something…whether there were some signs there that you could have helped but I really don’t think there were,” he said.

“All I know is that his two boys and those that knew him best felt that something happened that day that Gary felt for whatever reason there was no other way out, and that’s incredibly sad and distressing,” he added.

“If Gary had have spoken to somebody tonight he’d have still been here.”

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