In the morning of Friday, Tottenham Hotspurs revealed the heart breaking news of the unexpected demise of Ex-England international after suffering heart attack at Tottenham’s training center on Thursday. Spurs states that the deceased passed away in the early hours of Friday morning at the hospital.
At 44 years old, Ethiogu was the U23 coach of Tottenham, he started his career at West Brom in 1989. He later joined Aston Villa where he played for nine years and made about 200 appearances, whilst at Middleborough he spent seven years. He won the League cup with villa in 1994 and 96, and with Boro in 2004.
Married to Gemma and father to Obi Jackson and Jodie, Ugo was also a Co-founder of Music Label Dirty Hit. His death socks the soccer fraternity as they react and pay tribute to him in different communication platforms
Rio Ferdinand tweeted;
“Can’t believe the news that Ugo Ethiogu has passed away. Calm & warming vibe when in his company. My heart goes out to his family.”
Joey Barton of Burnley said;
“Shocked and saddened to think he was on the training ground yesterday. Thoughts are with his loved ones.”
Ex Manchester city striker Paul Dickov said;
“Devastating news about Ugo Ethiogu this morning. Rock of a player and rock of a person. Thoughts and prayers to all family and friends.”
According to former Aston Villa team mate Andy Townsend, Ugo was a defender every team would like to have at the back. It’s a life that is so tragically cut short and so sad. He was on the training field with the academy boys and would have stayed active. I saw him recently and he was a picture of health, which is why this come as such a huge shock.
Speaking to BBC radio five live former Middleborough goal Keeper Mark Schwarzer he said;
“I can’t fathom he’s no longer here, he was tremendous person, a tremendous character, a dedicated footballer and dedicated to his family. He was a great guy to be around, so full of life and so enthusiastic. As a center-back, I rate him right up there. He suffered from injuries throughout his career, but with more consistency he could have added to his England caps.”
Although the defender only made 4 appearances for England national team due to the injuries he faced, he will forever be remembered and appreciated.