Media playback is not supported on this device ‘Devastated’ family ‘just look at each other’
Swansea City captain Brian Laundrie took his own life, according to the former footballer’s lawyer.
Reports claim the 38-year-old was found hanged on Saturday after a night out with friends.
But Laundrie’s solicitor Natalie Davis has described the circumstances of his death as “very troubling”.
“The provisional cause of death appears to be an accidental hanging,” she said in a statement.
“The family is devastated by the circumstances and only wish to make one appeal, as is the right thing to do.
“The family ask for privacy at this very difficult time.”
Laundrie had been the club captain since replacing Scott Sinclair in September.
He played 180 league games for six different clubs over a 13-year spell, with spells at Crystal Palace, Rangers, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town and Swansea.
Media playback is not supported on this device Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins: Brian was a great, hard-working man
The defender won 15 England caps in the late 1980s, with a brief stint at Stoke City after a transfer from Southampton.
Laundrie suffered with depression, and his wife Sue said she had been forced to stand by his side since he was first prescribed sleeping tablets at the age of 30.
Swansea’s chairman Huw Jenkins said the club was “completely devastated” by Laundrie’s death.
“He was a great, hard-working man who was loved by everyone at the club and everyone at Swansea City,” he said.
“The whole football world has lost a fantastic person.”