Nigerian-born former England defender, Ugo Ehiogu dies at 44

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Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu on Friday died at the age of 44, after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training centre a day before.

The news of Ehiogu’s death was confirmed by his former team in a statement.

According to John McDermott, Tottenham’s Head of Coaching and Development, Ehiogu died in hospital in the early hours of Friday.

“Ehiogu, who was Spurs’ Under-23s coach, was capped four times by England. Ehiogu’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.

“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” McDermott added.

Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and then spent seven years at Middlesbrough.

He won the League Cup with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and also with Boro in 2004.

The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009.

Ehiogu began coaching at Tottenham in 2014 and was a co-founder of music label Dirty Hit, which has British indie band The 1975 on its books.

He married his wife, Gemma, in 2005 and had two children — son Obi Jackson and daughter Jodie.

Villa will hold a minute’s applause before their Championship match against Birmingham City on Sunday, with both sets of players to wear black armbands.

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