Former England international, Ugo Ehiogu has sadly passed away after collapsing at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground on Thursday.
The 44-year-old, who is Spurs’ Under-23s coach, was rushed to hospital after collapsing. Ugo received medical treatment on site before the ambulance arrived, a spokesperson for the club announced.
It has now been confirmed that the former Aston Villa player suffered a cardiac arrest and sadly passed away in hospital.
Tottenham Hotspur have released a statement this morning on the situation, reading:
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.
Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Training Centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning.
Head of Coaching and Player Development John McDermott said: “Word cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the Club. Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.”
The Club sends its deepest condolences to Ugo’s family.
Gemma has specifically asked that the family are given privacy at this difficult time”
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
Ugo began his professional career with West Bromwich Albion, before moving to midlands rivals Aston Villa, where he performed for nine years and made more than 230 league appearances alongside Paul McGrath – netting 12 goals.
The defender then moved to Middlesbrough, where he performed for seven years and won the League Cup in 2004. He made more than 120 league appearances.
After stints at Leeds United, Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Wembley, Ugo retired and in 2014 became a coach at Tottenham Hotspur and looked after the u23’s.
Tributes have flood in for the former England international from around the world on social media:
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu.
Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/nTk1WBhr1H
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
— Jason Euell (@jasoneuell) 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
Ugo Ehiogu's overhead kick against Celtic https://t.co/AQXU3E9l4Z
— Charlie Peters (@CDP1882) April 21, 2017