Football fans have come out in their droves to pay tribute to former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu, who died in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 44.
The ex-England international, who joined Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching setup in 2014, suffered a cardiac arrest while working with the Under-23s on Thursday.
The Premier League club confirmed that Ehiogu received treatment at the training centre before being taken to hospital.
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
Ehiogu is best known for his spells at Villa and Middlesbrough, where he won the League Cup twice in Birmingham and once on Teesside.
He spent nine years playing for the Midlands outfit before switching to Boro, where he had a seven-year stint, racking up his appearances to more than 350.
The defender also played for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United.
In terms of his international career, Ehiogu represented England on four occasions.
A host of football clubs have taken to Twitter to pay their respects, while fans have also expressed their sadness and shock at the devastating news.
Such sad news …
R.I.P Ugo Ehiogu ⚽️
— Henry Paul Marsh (@hpm500) April 21, 2017
"Ugo Ehiogu" Rest in heaven Ugo 🙁 #COYS
— Paul Michael Ainger (@ainger13) April 21, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with the Ehiogu family today xx. #RIP
— Mike Maloney (@MikeMaloney1992) April 21, 2017
RIP Ugo Ehiogu,, on behalf of all Tottenham Hotspur supporters our thoughts n prayers are with Ugo,s family n friends at this sad time !
— malsal14 (@malsal14) April 21, 2017
Gutted to hear about ugo ehiogu, such a shame ! Taken away far too soon ! R.I.P UGO
— George Horsley (@georgehorsley) April 21, 2017
RIP Ugo Ehiogu
Rangers love you more than you will know. ???? pic.twitter.com/TTXxzBMMii
— Gregco (@Gregco5088) April 21, 2017
Absolutely devastating news. Thought are with the family of Ugo Ehiogu. https://t.co/bB02E3HSrM
— A (@CostaBanta) April 21, 2017
RIP Ugo Ehiogu….thoughts with your family….
— Lilywhite Sports (@lilywhitegroup) April 21, 2017
What terrible news breaking this morning about Ugo Ehiogu. Just 44 years of age. #RIPUGO Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
— Chris (@FoxInNotts) April 21, 2017
Terrible news about big Ugo Ehiogu???????? will always remember his wonder goal at Parkhead, such sad news????
— kyle lochhead (@kylelochhead) April 21, 2017
Sad news about Ugo Ehiogu. Was a big name when I was growing up. Feel for him, his wife and family.
— Danny Garbett (@DannyGarbett) April 21, 2017
44 is no age to die. RIP Ugo Ehiogu.
— idrinkandiknowthings (@melissadee7) April 21, 2017
Tragic news re; Ugo Ehiogu. Always came across as such a nice guy. Great footballer and responsible for many great memories of mine.
— Mat Evans (@justcalledtosay) April 21, 2017
Dreadful news about Ugo Ehiogu. A rare enigma of a player who played with a smile and was universally liked by fans of every team
— Will (@IamWillSCFC) April 21, 2017