The hearing into the death of the Premier League legend has begun while it was confirmed that all clubs in the division will observe a minute's silence in his honour this weekend
The hearing, which took place in Warrington, Cheshire, followed on from the post-mortem examination of the 42-year-old. It was also told that reports are being awaited from the pathologist.
The inquest learned that the ex-Premier League player was found by his wife Louise Speed, who called the ambulance service.
It was also confirmed that the police are not treating his death as suspicious, and the inquest has now been adjourned to 30 January.
Meanwhile, the Premier League has confirmed a minute's applause will be observed at all 10 top-flight matches taking place this weekend.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "Gary was a wonderful ambassador for our League, and indeed all of football, but more than that he was a decent man widely respected throughout the game and beyond.
"Gary will go down in history as one of our iconic players, he was a stand-out professional of the modern game and I'm sure all football fans across Britain will be deeply saddened at his untimely passing."