Former England international and Tottenham Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday, the club have confirmed.
Spurs confirmed the news via Twitter, expressing their condolences to the relatives of Ehiogu, who died in the early hours of Friday.
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
Spurs’ head of coaching and player development John McDermott described Ehiogu as “irreplaceable” and said “heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family”.
Ehiogu collapsed on Thursday at Tottenham’s training ground, receiving treatment from the club’s medical staff before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
The club also thanked medical professionals at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital Harefield Hosptial for their “care and support”.
Ehiogu enjoyed a successful playing career in the Premier League, figuring heavily for both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and being named in the 1995-96 PFA Team of the Year.
He won three League Cups, two with Villa and one for Boro, and scored his one international goal in a 3-0 win over Spain in 2001.
Ehiogu also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United before retiring in 2009. He started coaching at Tottenham in 2014.