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PFA shocked and saddened by loss of Ugo Ehiogu

Ugo Ehiogu

The PFA is deeply saddened by the devastating news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away, aged just 44.

A statement made by Tottenham Hotspur said that Ugo died in hospital in the early hours of Friday.

Ehiogu, who was Spurs' Under-23s coach, was capped four times by England.

"It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.

"Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Training Centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Head of Coaching and Player Development John McDermott said: 'Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club. Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.'

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 won the same competition with Boro in 2004.

The England defender also played for West Bromwich Albion Leeds United, Glasgow Rangers and Sheffield United.

Following his playing career, Ugo moved into coaching and has been at Spurs for the last 3 years.

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

PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor paid tribute to the former Aston Villa defender: “Ugo was a giant of a man, both in statue and quality.

“A wonderful player and a top-class coach who really cared about the game. He was humble with a wry sense of humour and was always great company.

"A most dedicated and influential member of the PFA's Black Coaches group and he toured the West Indies with the PFA's Legends team. He was a brilliant ambassador for the game.

“On behalf of all at the PFA, my most sincere condolences go to all his family, friends and former teammates. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

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