Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Ugo Ehiogu, the former England international has suffered a heart attack and passed away. He was 44.
A life given to football:
Ehiogu played for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Sheffield as a defender, before retiring in 2009. He played four times for England between 1996 and 2002.
He was coaching the Under-23 at Tottenham’s training center when he collapsed on Thursday. He was transferred to hospital by ambulance after receiving emergency medical treatment on site.
On Friday morning, Tottenham released a statement saying: “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.”
Condolences from the club:
Following his sudden and surprising death, the club sent their condolences to Ehiogu’s wife, Gemma, and their son, saying:
“Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family. We shall continue to provide updates when we have further information.”
Spurs released a secondary statement on Twitter. It said: “Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the training center 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.”
John McDermott, Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development, called the former defender “irreplaceable”.
He 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.”