Black Friday in football: Tottenham Hotspur coach, Ugo Ehiogu dies after heart attack

Posted on April 21 2017 , at 10:51 am
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  • He was just 44.

Ehiogu’s death comes as a shock

Former England defender of Nigerian descent and Tottenham Hotspur U-23 coach, Ugo Ehiogu has died at 44 in the early hours of today, April 21.

Ehiogu had suffered a cardiac arrest at the club’s training on Thursday, with his death coming as a rude shock.

Tottenham’s scheduled reserve clash at Manchester United has been postponed as a result.

‘Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,’ said the club’s head of development, John McDermott.

A statement from Spurs reads, ‘The club sends its deep condolences to Ugo’s family. Gemma has specifically asked that the family are given privacy at this difficult time.’

Ehiogu celebrates his only England goal against Spain. Photo: Craig Prentis/Getty

Ehiogu was at work on the club’s training ground on Thursday morning when he suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, receiving treatment on the way there.

The former defender featured four times for the England national team, scoring his only goal for the Three Lions in a 3-0 win over Spain in February 2001.

He also featured for a number of English clubs, including Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, and was coach at the North London club from 2014 till his sad passing.

He is survived by his wife, Gemma and two children.

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