Former England & Aston Villa Defender Ugo Ehiogu Dies Aged 44

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44, following a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training ground on Thursday.

The U23 Spurs coach was given treatment from Tottenham medical staff after he collapsed before being rushed to hospital by ambulance, where he passed away during the early hours of Friday morning.

Tributes have poured in for Ehiogu who spent most of his career playing in the Premier League with spells for Aston Villa, where he made over 200 appearances between 1991- 2000 and Middlesbrough where he played for seven years. He earned four caps for the national team.

During his career Ehiogu won three League Cups, two while with Aston Villa and another playing for Middlesbrough.

Knee injuries plagued the final years of Ehiogu’s career at the Riverside Stadium. He joined Leeds on loan in 2006. Before his retirement in 2009, Ehiogu had spells playing for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United.

Ehiogu subsequently moved into coaching and has been at Tottenham for the past three seasons.

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. The statement read: “It is with immense sadness we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.

“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.”

FA Chairman Greg Clarke said: “On behalf of The FA, my sincere condolences are with the friends and family of Ugo Ehiogu and his colleagues at Tottenham Hotspur at this desperately sad time.

“A hugely popular figure across English football but particularly at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, he was also close to many at Wembley and St. George’s Park through his England connections – both as a player and as a coach.

“He will be much missed by the game he served so well.”