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Ugo Ehiogu dies after suffering heart attack, Tottenham Hotspur confirm

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Ugo Ehiogu has died after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham's training ground. © Paul Redding/REUTERS Ugo Ehiogu has died after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham's training ground. The former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44, Tottenham have announced.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach,” read a Tottenham Hotspur statement.

“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 the morning.

Spurs’ head of coaching and player development, Johjn McDermott, said: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club. Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.

“The club sends its deep condolences to Ugo’s family. Gemma has specifically asked that the family are given privacy at this difficult time.

“We should also like to place on record our thanks to all the medical professionals including those at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital and their care and support.”

Ehiogu began his career as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion before he was taken to Villa by Ron Atkinson in 1991. He went on to feature in more than 300 matches for Villa and played in their FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea in 2000.

Ehiogu joined Middlesbrough for a then club-record £8m fee later that year, and in 2001 he scored his only goal for England in Sven Goran-Eriksson’s first game in charge, a 3-0 friendly victory against Spain.

Knee injuries plagued the final years of Ehiogu’s career at the Riverside Stadium.

He joined Leeds on loan in 2006, and also had short spells with Rangers and Sheffield United before he retired from football in 2009. Ehiogu subsequently moved into coaching and has been with Tottenham for the past three seasons.

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