Some top personalities in the game of soccer have started to pay tribute to the late Ugo Ehiogu.
Leading figures from the world of football paid tribute to the former England international who died on Friday at 44.
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.
After Spurs made Ehiogu’s tragic passing away known to the public in an official statement, tributes began pouring in.
And those tributes for the former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough centre-back were on various social media platforms.
The official England Twitter account posted: “We are totally devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him.”
West Bromwich Albion where Ehiogu began his football playing career as a trainee also posted a tweet.
The Baggies tweeted: “The thoughts of everyone at #WBA are with the family and friends of Ugo Ehiogu.
“And that is a great player who started his career at The Hawthorns, rest in peace.”
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Villa where Ehiogu featured between 1991 and 2000, however, confirmed that they “will be holding a minute’s applause.
And that is before their derby clash with Birmingham City in the Championship.
The Villains also said: “Both sets of players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”
Boro, Ehiogu’s club between the years 2000 and 2007 tweeted: “MFC are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our former player, Ugo Ehiogu.
“Our thoughts go out to Ugo’s friends and all of his family.”
Former Manchester United central defender, Rio Ferdinand said: “Can’t believe the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.
“Calm & warming vibe when in his company and my heart goes out to his family! #RIPUgo”
Sol Campbell posted: “One of my East London mates of old, Ugo Ehiogu was a true defender, my heart goes out to his family.
“I just can’t believe it,” Campbell summed up.
And former Manchester United forward, Andy Cole stated: “Terrible news to see Ugo Ehiogu passed away early this morning…
“My thoughts and prayers go out to his family! #RIPUgo”
Many fans paid tribute to Ehiogu by retweeting his last post on the platform which dated March 29.
It read: “Gave a homeless girl £10 last night in Dalston but she did not ask or beg.
“Random impulsive act from me, not gona lie, felt good. #dosomethingkind”