By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans took to Twitter to express their devastation after the club announced on Friday morning that coach Ugo Ehiogu has died.
Spurs released a statement on their official media channels to reveal that Ehiogu, 44, died of a heart attack in the early hours of Friday.
The Under-23s coach had suffered a cardiac arrest at the club’s Enfield training ground on Thursday morning and was treated by the club’s medical staff before being transferred to hospital.
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
Spurs head of coaching and development John McDermott spoke of the “shock” and “sadness” felt by everyone at White Hart Lane and sent “heartfelt sympathies” to Ehiogu’s wife Gemma and family.
Tottenham fans took to social media in their droves to express their grief and devastation at Ehiogu’s death.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@SpursOfficial RIP Ehiogu. Shocking news.
— David Walks (@TheBarracuda78) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial Oh no may he rest in peace ????????????
— Yidette 4 life (@spurs_sel) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial R.I.P ????❤️
— Janiah kyotaite (@Jkyotaite2001) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial OMG this is devastating ????
— Jake Colton (@JColts1) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial No absolutely shocked ???? My thoughts are with you and your family ???? RIP Ugo ????????
— Sophie England (@SophieThfc10) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial Utterly shocked and sad. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.
— Mo (@Hotspur67) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial Only 44. What a horrible, horrible loss. RIP
— Chuck (@charlielunn182) April 21, 2017
@SpursOfficial how utterly sad. Rest in peace ????
— Oliver Breckon (@ollywoodtv) April 21, 2017
Former England international Ehiogu, who played four times for his country, will be remembered as one of the outstanding Premier League defenders of his era.
He retired from playing in 2009 at the age of 36 after a glittering career which began at West Brom and also included spells at Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United.
Ehiogu spent his peak years at Villa, where he made 248 of his 429 club appearances.
He was appointed coach of Tottenham’s Under-21s in the summer of 2014 after a short spell working part-time at the club’s academy.
The Under-21s has since been rebranded as the Under-23s and they play in Premier League 2, which is the development league for players aspiring to make the step up to professional first-team football.
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.