Thursday 24 August 2017

Football world mourns death of Ehiogu (44)

Ugo Ehiogu being mobbed by Aston Villa fans in 1994. Photo: David Jones/PA Wire
Ugo Ehiogu being mobbed by Aston Villa fans in 1994. Photo: David Jones/PA Wire

Matt Law London

Former England soccer star Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground, where he was coaching the club's Under-23s team.

Spurs confirmed the news on Friday in a statement after devastated staff, including manager Mauricio Pochettino, were informed in the early hours of the morning.

Former Aston Villa defender Ehiogu collapsed at the club's training centre on Thursday and was treated by Tottenham medics before being taken to hospital in an ambulance. Head of coaching and player development John McDermott said: "Words 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 news came ahead of Tottenham's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley today, in which there is now expected to be a minute's silence.

Born in East London, Ehiogu joined West Brom as a trainee before moving to Villa where he made his name and played for nine years. He moved to Middlesbrough in 2000 before spells at Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United. He won four England caps and retired in 2009.

Ehiogu moved into coaching and coached Spurs' Under-21 team and U23 development side.(© Daily Telegraph London)

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