PITCH PERFECT: Ugo Ehiogu playing for Scottish Premier League team Rangers in 2007
SPORTING FANS across generations have been dealt a blow early this morning as news of Ugo Ehiogu's fatal cardiac arrest broke and began trending on Twitter.
The 44 year-old was a coach for Tottenham Hotspur's under-23s. Before that, Ehiogu had a decorated career as a player for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Scottish Premier League team Rangers. Ehiogu also represented England at international level.
Ugo Ehiogu being mobbed by fans in 1994
In 2012, he joined a number of other retired peers in a return to the pitch with non-league side Wembley to play in the club's FA Cup games, after retiring in 2009.
A cardiac arrest yesterday saw the young veteran being rushed to Edmonton's North Middlesex Hospital, which is close to Tottenham Hotspur's ground.
Sol Campbell, left, with Ugo Ehiogu in 1996
His club released the following statement on Twitter this morning:
The Voice stand with all those who are feeling the pain of losing Ugo Ehiogu in such an unexpected and tragic way.
The fallen star's last Tweet is being shared by thousands:
REST WELL UGOCHUKU 'UGO' EHIOGU, 1972-2017
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