By Danny Wright
Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Ugo Ehiogu after it was announced he had died on Friday at the age of 44.
The Tottenham Under-23 coach was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest at Spurs’ Enfield training ground.
The north London club announced the news in a statement on their official Twitter account.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach,” read the message.
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
John McDermott, head of coaching and player development at Tottenham, said: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club.
“Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”
Villa fans were left devastated by the news of the passing of one of their most iconic players during the 1990s and have quoted their famous song ‘Holte Enders in the Sky’.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Very sad news…..RIP Ugo Ehiogu #avfc
— James Stanley (@stanthevillan) April 21, 2017
Marshalled us through the 90's like a boss. Sad to lose you Ugo Ehiogu ???? #avfc
— Mitchell Round (@ruschemi) April 21, 2017
— Adam Joyce (@just_joycey) April 21, 2017
Saw Ugo Ehiogu play many times. Absolute class ???? RIP #avfc
— Amanda Nash (@Amandan2119Y) April 21, 2017
— Witton Warrior (@witton_warrior) April 21, 2017
When I went to see my first football match – this man was on the pitch. Aston Villa didn't concede that day.
— Luke Hatfield (@LHatfield_Star) April 21, 2017
— Hornso (@NYSmedts) April 21, 2017
— Stacey Siviter (@StaceyBrummie) April 21, 2017
Terrible news about Ugo Ehiogu
Holte Ender in the sky #avfc
— Patryk Doherty (@patrykZD) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu made 248 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000.
The London-born defender was part of the team that lifted two League Cup trophies in 1994 and 1996.
He moved to Villa Park after he rose through the ranks of their West Midlands rival West Brom, where he made his senior debut in 1989.
The late Spurs coach also had spells at Middlesbrough, Leeds and Rangers before he retired from the professional game in 2009 following a brief stint at Sheffield United.
He earned four senior caps for England, scoring once in the 3-0 friendly win against Spain in 2001.
Ehiogu was part of the England Under-20 coaching staff alongside Peter Taylor before he joined the Tottenham youth side in 2014.
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