Ugochukwu Ehiogu, Nigerian-born ex-England international defender, has died following a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was aged 44. He was reported to have suffered the cardiac arrest during a training session at the of Tottenham Hotspur’s U-23 team, which he manages.
Ehiogu was born of Nigerian parents in Homerton, England, on November 3, 1972, Ehiogu opted to play for the English national team despite spirited attempts by Nigeria to make him switch loyalty. He had played for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000, making over 200 appearances. Also, Ehiogu played Middlesbrough for seven years.
He won three League Cups — with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and Middlesbrough in 2004 when beat Jay Jay Okocha’s Bolton in the final.
He also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009 after a 20-year professional career.
After retiring, he founded his own record label called “Dirty Hit”.