FIFA president Sepp Blatter has contacted the Football Association of Wales to offer his condolences in the wake of Gary Speed's tragic death.
The FAW released a statement on Sunday morning announcing that their national team coach had passed away at the age of 42.
Tributes have poured in for the former midfielder, with figures from across the sporting world and beyond expressing their shock at the news.
Blatter has added to those voices and says the 'worldwide family of football' has been saddened to hear of Speed's passing.
In a letter to FAW president Phil Pritchard, Blatter wrote:"Gary Speed was a hugely talented player and a great servant for both club and country who will be greatly missed.
"He will always be remembered as a model professional and a fantastic ambassador for the game. Having attended the draw for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification, it was clear to all there that he was a man who exuded enthusiasm and passion for the game.
"I would like to offer my deepest condolences on behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football to you, the Football Association of Wales, his wife Louise and their two sons, as well as Gary Speed's friends and family.
"I hope the knowledge that we are all thinking of them can provide some solace in this time of deep sadness."
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also paid tribute to Speed - a man he came up against during the midfielder's playing days and had dealings with after he turned his hand to coaching.
"It was a shock, of course," the Frenchman told the Gunners' official website.
"I did not know him very well as a person but you did not like to see him on the team against you. You knew he was a great player - very good in the air, fantastic work-rate and very intelligent on the football pitch.
"As a manager he had started to turn things around for Wales. We know they have a young promising team and he was the ideal figure to go with this side from improvement to improvement.
"It is extremely sad. I am speechless when confronted by things like this. All we can do is express our condolences to his friends and his family."