Nigerian-born former England and Aston Villa defender Ugochukwu Ehiogu, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest. The international football star gave up on Thursday. He was 44.
The Tottenham Hotspur announced the sad loss of their under-23 coach, Ugo Ehiogu, who passed away in the early hours of this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club’s training ground on Thursday.
“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” McDermott, Tottenham head of development, said. “Ugo’s presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, Gemma, and his family.”
The former England and Aston Villa defender was on the training field on Thursday morning when he collapsed. Tottenham’s medics rushed to treat him while an ambulance and a medical assistance car were scrambled to him at 11.30am.
They sped into the club’s Enfield training centre, blue lights flashing, and the ambulance took Ehiogu off to hospital about 20 minutes later.
It was immediately plain that Ehiogo faced a life or death battle. The Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, the assistant manager, Jesús Pérez, and McDermott had walked over to the academy fields to make their own checks on the situation. Ehiogu received round-the-clock treatment at the hospital but he could not be saved.
Tottenham said in a statement: “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 for their care and support.”
May his soul rest in peace.