Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu died in hospital after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham training ground Friday.
The 44-year old who is the coach for Tottenham’s under-23 team, was taken to hospital by ambulance after receiving the necessary treatment by the club’s medical staff at Hotspur way in Enfield, North London.
Ehiogu’s leaves behind wife Gemma and son Obi Jackson, who were at the hospital with him when he passed away.
Tottenham announced the news of his demise in the early morning hours.
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
Tributes from across the world were paid to Ehiogu after the announcement was paid by the club.
You were like father figure to us all. Thank you for everything you’ve taught us on & off the pitch. RIP Ugo, you will be missed ??❤️ pic.twitter.com/xZPkgPSFV0
— Kyle Walker-Peters (@KyleLPeters) April 21, 2017
Ex-England star Rio Ferdinand added: “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”
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
He played for Aston Villa from 1991-2000; the club said they will hold a minute’s mourn at their derby with Birmingham this weekend as a tribute.
?️⚽️ Some memorable moments here…
RIP Ugo Ehiogu…gone but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/JlfVOUfblM
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
They said : “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.”
Thoughts and prayers with Ugo’s family and friends. Rest well Ugo ?? pic.twitter.com/QNLUoOzy2D
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) April 21, 2017
His other Ex–team Leeds United Added: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former #LUFC defender Ugo Ehiogu.
“Our thoughts are with all of his friends and family.”
Incredibly sad news, my thoughts and prayers with friends and family ?? RIP Ugo Ehiogu ?? pic.twitter.com/8b55vZ8rLq
— Dele (@Dele_Alli) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu was born in East London, started playing for West Brom before Ron Atkinson signed him for Midland rivals Aston Villa.
He was part of Aston Villa that won 1996 League Cup in 3-0 victory over Leeds.
Ehiogu became the Middlesbrough’s most expensive ever signing player when he completed a £8million move to the Riverside in 2000.