London, April 21 (IANS) Tottenham Hotspur football club have announced that their under-23 coach, Ugo Ehiogu, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at the clubs training ground here.
Aged 44, Ehiogu, the former England and Aston Villa defender was on the training field on Thursday morning when he collapsed. Tottenham’s medical team rushed to treat him while an ambulance and a medical assistance car were scrambled to him.
Ehiogu received round-the-clock treatment at the hospital but he could not be saved.
Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development, John McDermott, told the club’s official website: “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.”
Tottenham FC expressed sadness through their official twitter account, where they wrote, “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.”
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
Ashton Villa also posted their sadness on their official twitter account as it was written, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time.”
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu.
Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/nTk1WBhr1H
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu made more than 300 appearances for Villa, one of which was in the 2000 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea.
(With Inputs from IANS)