Ehiogu dies at 44

Ugo Ehiogu passes on after failing to recover from cardiac arrest at Tottenham Hotspur training ground

Former England international defender, Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 on Friday after suffering a heart attack.

The retired player had collapsed at Tottenham Hotspur’s academy training pitches earlier on Thursday afternoon.

But the Lillywhites Under-23s manager had received immediate attention from the club’s medical staff.

Emergency services arrived at the scene at exactly 11:30am and took Ehiogu to the hospital.

But the retired central defender eventually passed on to glory in the early hours of Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the club has gone ahead to issue a statement over the very sad incident same Friday.

The statement read: “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.

“That was before we transferred him to hospital where he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

“The club sends its deepest condolences to Ugo’s family.

“Gemma has specifically asked that the family are given privacy at this difficult time.

“We should also like to place on record our thanks to all the medical professionals.

“And that includes those at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital for their care and support.”

Mcdermott distraught with Ehiogu’s demise

John McDermott pays tribute to the late Ugo Ehiogu

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

“Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable and our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.” McDermott said with total sadness.

Ehiogu played over 200 matches for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 in all competitions.

The defender then went on to spend a further seven seasons at the Riverside Stadium with Middlesbrough.

Ehiogu then went ahead to win the League Cup with Villa in 1994 and 1996 and with Boro in 2004.

The centre-back also featured for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United during his playing career.

Furthermore, Ehiogu went on to play four international matches for the English national team before retiring in the year 2009.

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