Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender and Tottenham youth coach dies after suffering cardiac arrest

 
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Ehiogu was a full England international and distinguished Premier League defender (Source: Getty)

Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training ground.

The ex-Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Rangers centre-back passed away in the early hours of Friday morning after being rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Ehiogu, who gained four international caps with England, was Tottenham's U-23 coach following a career which saw him win the League Cup with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and with Middlesbrough in 2004.

He also had spells with West Brom, Sheffield United and Leeds before retiring in 2009.

Ehiogu joined Tottenham's coaching staff in 2014 and also founded his own record label, Dirty Hit, whose roster included hit bands such as The 1975.

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

"Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family."

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