Ugo Ehiogu, a former England international, and Tottenham Hotspur’s U-23 coach, has died after suffering a heart attack.
The former defender collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday, and received medical treatment on site, before being transported to a hospital in an ambulance.
The centre-back made four appearances for England between 1996 and 2002, scoring one goal against Spain.
Tottenham released a statement on Friday morning, after Ehiogu was taken to the hospital, which read: “We can confirm that Ugo Ehiogu is currently in hospital after collapsing at our Training Centre earlier today. Our Under-23’s coach received immediate treatment on site from our medical staff before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.”
The club later released another statement, announcing the passing away of the former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, West Brom, Leeds United, and Sheffield United player.
It read: “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.
“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 n record our thanks to all the medical professionals including those at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital for their care and support.”
He is survived by his wife Gemma, and a son.
Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development, John McDermott also spoke on the death of Ehiogu, stating: “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.”
Aston Villa’s Twitter account also paid tribute to the 44-year-old, and said tribute will be paid before their match with Birmingham City this weekend.
The handle tweeted saying: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. We will be holding a minute’s applause before our derby with @BCFC. Both sets of players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”
Ehiogu joined West Bromwich Albion, and went on to make his professional debut with them in 1989. He then joined Aston Villa, playing for them between 1991 and 2000. Middlesbrough was his next stop, which included a loan spell at Leeds United. He finished off his career with Rangers in Scotland, and Sheffield United.
Ehiogu made his England debut against China in 1996, and played for the Three Lions three more times. After moving into coaching following his retirement, Ehiogu was part of Peter Taylor’s England Under-20 coaching set-up, before taking up a role with the Tottenham academy in July 2014.