Tottenham Hotspur have paid tribute to staff at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust following the sudden death of their Under-23s coach and former England defender Ugo Ehiogu.
The 44-year-old was treated at Harefield Hospital after collapsing from a suspected heart attack at the Premier League club’s training ground on Thursday (April 20) morning.
The club announced he had died early on Friday (April 21) morning.
The former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Rangers centre back, who was capped four time for his country, received medical treatment on site before being transferred to hospital by ambulance. But doctors were unable to save him.
In their statement, the club praised the medical staff who treated Ehiogu. It said: “We should also like to place on record our thanks to all the medical professionals including those at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital for their care and support.”
In the same statement, 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.”
It has seen the club help promote a My Heart Beats for Brent campaign (see video above), aimed at encouraging people who currently spend little time working out to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
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