News 21 April 2017
Author: Marisa Lee

Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu has passed away

Author Marisa Lee
21 April 2017

44-year-old former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has passed away after a heart attack.

The Tottenham Hotspur under-23s coach suffered a cardiac arrest at the club’s training centre on Thursday 20th April.

He was capped four times by England.

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

Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”

“I can’t fathom he’s no longer here,” former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who won the League Cup with Ehiogu, told BBC Radio 5 live.

Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and before he spent seven years at Middlesbrough.

He had two children, Obi and Jodie, with his wife Gemma.

Villa are set to hold a minute’s applause before their Championship match against Birmingham City on Sunday, with all players to wear black arm bands.

Spurs’ reserve team game vs Manchester United on Monday has been postponed.