Andrew Castle 7am - 10am
Ex-Footballer Ugo Ehiogu Dies, Aged Just 44
21 April 2017, 09:10 | Updated: 21 April 2017, 13:56
Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He was Tottenham Hotspurs' under-23 coach and collapsed at their training centre yesterday.
He spent nine years at Aston Villa, with the club quick to pay tribute to him this morning:
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu.— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/nTk1WBhr1H
Those who played with and against Ehiogu have come out to pay tribute to him. Former Aston Villa player Paul Merson gave an emotional tribute to his ex-teammate and friend.
"He was such a top bloke. He was unbelievable. A man mountain." The former midfielder said.
Ugo Ehiogu. Sleep easy big fella. pic.twitter.com/WOCE47jUZo— Willie Vass (@WillieVass) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu also played for Middlesborough, Rangers and WBA in a 20-year playing career.
Very sad news about Ugo Ehiogu Thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) April 21, 2017
He received medical treatment at the training centre and was rushed to hospital soon after Thursday's collapse, but it was confirmed this morning that he had died.
We're devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.— England (@England) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him. pic.twitter.com/UXT4CXNIne
More to follow...