The footballing community woke to up the shocking and sad news of Tottenham Hotspur's U23 coach Ugo Ehiogu untimely death at the age of 44. This comes a day after a report claimed that he suffered a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre on Thursday. Ugo spent successful spells at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the 90's before in stints in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Sheffield United.
"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club," said Tottenham's head of coaching and development John McDermott.
"Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable."
Such was the aura behind one of football's genuinely good men. And as fate would have it, Ugo's last tweet summed up perfectly the kind of person he was.
Gave a homeless girl £10 last night in Dalston.She didn't ask or beg.Random impulsive act from me. Not gona lie. Felt good. #dosomethingkind
— Ugo Ehiogu (@UgoEhiogu) March 29, 2017
Tributes for the England centre-back soon followed and there was a consistent theme in them –
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. pic.twitter.com/sSU0yqVfyk
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 21, 2017
The thoughts of everyone at the Premier League are with the family and friends of Ugo Ehiogu pic.twitter.com/NzbHDyz6Dx
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 21, 2017
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. pic.twitter.com/nTk1WBhr1H
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
Really upsetting news about Ugo Ehiogu .Football has lost a great player and a great man. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP UgoðŸ™
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) April 21, 2017
So shocked & saddened to hear the news this morning of @UgoEhiogu passing away ðŸ’” My thoughts & prayers are with his family at this time ðŸ™ðŸ¾
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) April 21, 2017
Can't believe the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away. Calm & warming vibe when in his company. My heart goes out to his family! #RIPUgo
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) April 21, 2017