Ugo Ehiogu, former England defender, dies after cardiac arrest aged 44

Ugo Ehiogu, former England defender, dies after cardiac arrest aged 44
  1. Ugo Ehiogu, former England defender, dies after cardiac arrest aged 44
    Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44 following a cardiac arrest, Tottenham Hotspur said on…

Former England and Premier League defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44 after a cardiac arrest, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed on Friday.

Ehiogu, who had been working as Tottenham's under-23 coach, was rushed to hospital after collapsing at the club's training ground on Thursday and died in the early hours of Friday.

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Distinguished career: Ugo Ehiogu played four times for England. Distinguished career: Ugo Ehiogu played four times for England. Photo: AP

"It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our under-23 coach," a Tottenham statement read.

"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club," said John McDermott, Tottenham's head of coaching and player development.

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Respected figure: Ugo Ehiogu in Aston Villa colours. Respected figure: Ugo Ehiogu in Aston Villa colours. Photo: AP

"Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family."

The Football Association has led the tributes to Ehiogu, with England manager Gareth Southgate having played with Ehiogu for both Villa and Boro.


The tribute on the official England Twitter account read: "We're devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away. Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him."

Villa released a statement expressing their deep sadness "to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time."

The club added that there would be a minute's applause ahead of their derby with…

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