England and Villa star Ehiogu dies of heart attack, aged 44

Ugo Ehiogu

April 21 – Former England and Aston Villa defender  Ugo Ehiogu, who has been working as Tottenham Hotspur’s under-23 coach,  has died in hospital aged 44 following a cardiac arrest.

Tottenham said Ehiogu had collapsed at the North London club’s training ground on Thursday.

“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the Club,” said Tottenham’s head of coaching and development John McDermott. “Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”

Ehiogu spent most of his career at Aston Villa and was capped four times by England. He also played 126 games for Middlesbrough after becoming their then-record signing for £8 in 2000.

Villa said they would be holding a minute’s applause before their home derby with Birmingham City on Sunday with both sets of players wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.

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