Former England and Aston Villa footballer Ugo Ehiogu dies aged 44

Ugo Ehiogu seen here (right) while coaching Tottenham Hotspur

Ugo Ehiogu seen here (right) while coaching Tottenham Hotspur

Friday, April 21, 2017

Former England footballer Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44.

Ehiogu, who played as a defender for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough during a distinguished playing career, suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday at Tottenham Hotspur's training centre, where he was coaching the club's younger players.

Tottenham confirmed that Ehiogu received treatment on-site after collapsing, and was then transferred to hospital.

Ehiogu, who had been at Spurs since 2014, was one of the Premier League's most consistent and revered defenders during his career.

He began at Aston Villa in 1991 and was part of the team that nearly won the inaugural Premier League in 1992-93, narrowly missing out to Manchester United. He stayed at Villa until 2000, racking up more than 200 appearances, before moving to Middlesbrough.

Ehiogu also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United before eventually retiring in 2009. He won four England caps and lifted the League Cup on three occasions: with Villa in 1994 and 1996 and Middlesbrough in 2004.

In his final tweet, Ehiogu revealed he had given a homeless person £10 on the streets of Dalston, calling it a "random impulsive act" which "felt good."

He ended the message with the hashtag #dosomethingkind, which has gone viral this morning as a tribute to the former football star.