The football world has been in mourning on Friday after it was announced Tottenham coach Ugo Ehiogu died following a cardiac arrest.
The former England international, aged just 44 at the time of his death, collapsed at Spurs’ training ground on Thursday and was treated by the club’s medical staff before being taken by ambulance to hospital, where he died.
Tributes have been pouring in from figures throughout English football, but Ehiogu’s final tweet on social media has been retweeted over 7,000 times following his passing, with the post describing the former defender’s encounter with a homeless woman.
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
He wrote: “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.”
While heartbreaking, the post now shows that one of Ehiogu’s final acts was to help someone in need. Ehiogu’s former Aston Villa team-mate Paul Merson paid tribute on Sky Sports while many current and former Premier League footballers took to Twitter to express their condolences.
— Hotspur Lane (@HotspurLane) April 21, 2017
So shocked & saddened to hear the news this morning of @UgoEhiogu passing away My thoughts & prayers are with his family at this time
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) April 21, 2017
Dreadful news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away. So young, so sad, such a lovely guy. #RIPUgo
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 21, 2017
Just seen the Ugo Ehiogu news. Shocked and saddened. To think he was on the training ground yesterday. Thoughts are with his loved ones.
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) 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
Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United posted tributes while Ehiogu’s former clubs Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, West Brom, Rangers, Sheffield United and Leeds United have also commented.
Chelsea Football Club sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ugo Ehiogu, and our opponents tomorrow Tottenham Hotspur.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 21, 2017
Everyone at United is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Ugo Ehiogu. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/eV8l5lgHLl
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2017
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) April 21, 2017
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 21, 2017