The former England defender Ugo Ehiogu died suddenly after suffering a cardiac arrest this morning while working at Tottenham Hotspur’s training centre, where he was the club’s Under-23s coach.
Ehiogu, who was 44, was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Friday morning.
A towering, strong centre-back, the London-born defender spent the bulk of his career at Aston Villa and Middlesborough, but also appeared for West Brom, Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United, as well as being capped by England four times. He made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000, winning the League Cup in 1994 and 1996, before spending seven years in the north-east at Middlesbrough, where he picked up the same title for a third time in 2004.
There will be a minute’s applause during the derby between Aston Villa and their local rivals Birmingham City this coming Sunday. After retiring from playing in 2009, Ehiogu worked with the England under-20 team and was part of Peter Taylor’s coaching team at the U20 World Cup.
Since the news there has been plenty of heartfelt reaction to the tragic news across social media.
Can’t believe the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away. Calm & warming vibe when in his company. My heart goes out to his family! #RIPUgo
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) April 21, 2017
So cruel, & tragic, the loss of a true footballing gent. He made friends wherever he went & will be sadly missed by so many. RIP Ugo Ehiogu pic.twitter.com/IipvB4sutc — Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) April 21, 2017
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 21, 2017
Desperate news. Ugo Ehiogu was a fine defender, a caring, thoughtful coach and a wonderful person. Thoughts with his family and friends. RIP https://t.co/B0MnBsDLB8
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 21, 2017