Former England footballer Ugo Ehiogu has tragically passed away at the age of 44.
Tottenham Hotspur broke the sad news this morning (April 21) that their Under-23s coach had died in the "early hours of this morning" after suffering a cardiac arrest at their training centre yesterday.
"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club. Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable," Tottenham's head of coaching and development John McDermott said in a statement.
"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family."
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. pic.twitter.com/sSU0yqVfyk- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 21, 2017
Tributes have been paid to Ehiogu on Twitter from the likes of Sky Sports News presenter Jim White, former footballer Stan Collymore, BT Sport's Jake Humphrey and pundit Chris Kamara.
We're devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.- England (@England) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him. pic.twitter.com/UXT4CXNIne
Just hearing the sad news that former Villa and Boro defender, Tottenham under-23s coach Ugo Ehiogu has died. He was 44.- Jim White (@JimWhite) April 21, 2017
Only spoke to Ugo a month ago.- Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 21, 2017
Be in a happy place big man, will never forget you pal.
Rest in peace big un.
Gutted/devastated to hear the news that me pal Ugo Ehiogu has died. 44 years of age so sad. RIP pic.twitter.com/65AMYggVBA- Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) April 21, 2017
My thoughts are with Ugo Ehiogu, his family and close friends.. god bless Ugo. Rip 🙏- John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) 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
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
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu.- Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/nTk1WBhr1H
Following his death, Ehiogu's final tweet, posted at the end of March, has seen its #dosomethingkind hashtag start to trend.
Gave a homeless girl £10 last night in Dalston.She didn't ask or beg.Random impulsive act from me. Not gona lie. Felt good. #dosomethingkind- Ugo Ehiogu (@UgoEhiogu) March 29, 2017
As well as winning four caps for England and scoring once, Ehiogu made more than 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000, winning the League Cup in 1994 and 1996.
He then lifted the trophy again in 2004 with Middlesbrough, where he spent seven years, before playing for West Brom, Leeds, Sheffield United and Rangers before retiring in 2009. His Rangers career was marked by a spectacular overhead kick against fierce rivals Celtic.
Ehiogu joined the coaching staff of Tottenham in 2014 and came out of retirement in 2012 to play for non-league side Wembley in their FA Cup games with other retired players.
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