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Football: Bellamy struggling to cope with loss of Speed

Published on Sep 9, 2012 8:14 PM
 
Britain's men's football players Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs, (left), run during a training session at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Cardiff on July 31, 2012. Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy admits he is suffering the lowest period of his life following the death of his close friend Gary Speed last year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy admits he is suffering the lowest period of his life following the death of his close friend Gary Speed last year.

Speed, who was then in charge of the Wales national team, was found hanged at his home last November at the age of 42.

Bellamy, who played alongside Speed for Newcastle and Wales, has been in emotional turmoil as he tries to come to terms with the loss and that daily struggle has taken its toll on his life, including his marriage. The 33-year-old, now playing for Championship club Cardiff, revealed he has moved out of the home he shared with wife Claire and their three children.

"Losing my best mate has affected everything. I can't believe how hard it is," Bellamy told the Sunday Mirror. "He was the best mate I've ever had. It's sad but unfortunately it got to my marriage. I'm here and she's there.

 
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