Ex-Nigerian-born England international defender Ugo Ehiogu, 44, dies of cardiac arrest

Former Nigerian-born English defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after collapsing at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday.

Ehiogu, who was coach of Tottenham Hotspurs’ Under-23 side, was given medical treatment on site at the training ground before being taken to hospital by ambulance.


It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing Ugo Ehiogu, our U23 coach,” Spurs announced in an official statement on Friday (today) morning.

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.

Tottenham Hotspur’s statement


Ehiogu is remembered for making over 200 appearances at Villa before spending seven seasons at the Riverside Stadium with Boro.


The centre-back also turned out for West Brom, Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United over the course of a protracted career.


Meanwhile, Tottenham’s head of coaching and development John McDermot said: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club.

Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.


Aston Villa, with whom Ehiogu won the League Cup back in 1996, have confirmed that a minute’s silence would be held ahead of this weekend’s Midlands derby with Birmingham in honour of their former star.