Ugo Ehiogu passed away Friday morning. He was a professional soccer player for almost twenty years. He will be remembered for his many contributions to the sport. He was born in England, where he lived, coached, and played the sport he loved.
Ehiogu died from cardiac arrest. He originally fell ill to cardiac rest on the training ground for the team that he coaches. During this time, he was the coach of the Tottenham Hotspur U-23 Team, and mentored young soccer players to one day become a pro like him.
The London native began his professional career as a centre back in 1989 with West Bromwich Albion. In 1991, he joined Aston Villa, where he stayed for nine years and 300 games. Ugo would compete for five more teams throughout his long and illustrious, including Middlesbrough, Rangers, Sheffield United, Leeds United (loan), and Wembley.
He originally retired in 2009, but came back for one more season in 2012, this time as a centre back for Wembley. In July 2014, he began his new career as the coach of the Tottenham Hotspur U-23 Team.
He was only 44-years-old at the time of his death. Tottenham head of development, John McDermott felt both shocked and saddened. “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” McDermott said. “Ugo’s presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, Gemma, and his family.”
Ugo collapsed on the training field Thursday morning. Tottenham medics rushed to aid this ailing coach. At 11:30 A.M., an ambulance and medical assistance car arrived.