Ugochukwu Ehiogu, Nigerian-born ex-England international defender, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was forty-four years old. Ehiogu suffered the cardiac arrest at the training ground of Tottenham Hotspur, where he was managing the Under-twenty-three team. His death was announced by his employers this morning.
Born of Nigerian parents in Homerton, England, on the third of November, 1972, Ehiogu opted to play for the English national team despite spirited attempts by Nigeria to make him switch loyalty. Ehiogu played for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000, making over two hundred appearances.
In 2000, he joined Middlesbrough where he spent seven years. He won three League Cups, with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and Middlesbrough in 2004 when he 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 twenty-year professional career. After retiring, he founded his own record label called “Dirty Hit”.