Former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough centre-back Ugo Ehiogu sadly passed away this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tottenham's training ground yesterday.
The 44-year-old collapsed during a session with the Under-23s and received treatment on site before being rushed to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.
Tottenham have since released a statement, saying: "It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.
"Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Training Centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning."
John McDermott, Tottenham's Head of Development, has also expressed shock at Ehiogu's sudden passing. The former England midfielder was said to be an extremely fit 44-year-old.
"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club," he said. "Ugo's presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, Gemma, and his family."
A number of football stars, past and present, have paid their respects to Ehiogu, including Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and John Hartson (see below).
As the football world comes to terms with the death of yet another ex-professional, a tweet has emerged showing the kind-hearted person Ehiogu was.
On March 29, in what was his final post on Twitter before passing away, Ehiogu explained how he gave a homeless girl £10 as a random act of kindness. Check it out.
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."
Heartbreaking, but wonderful. One of Ehiogu's final acts was helping someone in need.
The Englishman's senior career started in 1989 at West Brom, before joining Ron Atkinson's Aston Villa in 1991 and later completing an £8 million move to Middlesbrough in 2000.
He made his England debut as a substitute in 1996 against China and scored his only international goal during a 3-0 win over Spain five years later.
RIP Ugo Ehiogu.
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