Ugo Ehiogu celebrates scoring for England on his international debut against Spain in 2001. Photo: Craig Prentis/ Getty Images
They sped into the fraternities Enfield training centre, blue sunlights flashing, and the ambulance took Ehiogu off to hospital about 20 minutes later. The high level of relate was inscribed across the faces of every member of staff.
It was immediately plain that Ehiogu faced a life or death battle. The Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, the aide administrator, Jess Prez, and McDermott had marched over to the academy realms to make their own checks on developments in the situation. Ehiogu received round-the-clock treatment at research hospitals but you are not able to be saved.
Tottenham said in a statement: The association sends its deep condolences to Ugos family. Gemma has specifically would like to request that their own families are given privacy at these difficult times. 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.
Tottenham and Chelsea musicians will wear black armbands in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday and there will be a minutes applause for Ehiogu before the equal kicks off.
Tributes have poured in from all over football. Ehiogus former Villa team-mate Lee Hendrie told Sky Sports News: Ugo was such a character. He has always been that bubbly character. He was just a great guy to have around.
Current Villa manager Steve Bruce also paid tribute to Ehiogu, describing the centre-back as a agreement signing by former Villa Park boss Ron Atkinson in 1991. I played against him. Big Ron bought him for 45,000 – what a bargain. He was a great player.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes also played against Ehiogu and remembered what it was like to face the defender. Hughes mentioned: He was a big strong person, a big jock, and you knew when you ran up against him it was always going to be a difficult game. That is why, when these things happen, it is even more shocking, because you remember them in their prime. It is a real shame.
Villa, for whom Ehiogu played more than 300 plays, tweeted: We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu. Our imagines are with their own families at this terribly sad time.
The club added: We will be holding a minutes applause before our derby with BCFC. Both specifies of musicians will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.
Tottenham forward Shayon Harrison, who was coached by Ehiogu at the association, added his own tribute. Harrison, which is available on loan at Yeovil, wrote: One of the most genuine, and caring people Ive ever satisfied. An honour “mustve been” taught by you , not only as a player, but as a person.
Ehiogu began his job as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion before “hes been” may be necessary to Villa by Atkinson in 1991. He went on to are available in more than 300 equals for Villa and played in their FA Cup final win against Chelsea in 2000.
Ehiogu joined Middlesbrough for a then club-record 8m fee later that year and in 2001 he scored his only objective for England in Sven Goran-Erikssons first game in charge,
a 3-0 friendly succes against Spain.
Knee harms plagued the last years of Ehiogus career at the Riverside Stadium. He joined Leeds United on loan in 2006 and also had short sorceries with Rangers and Sheffield United before he retired from football in 2009.
Ehiogu subsequently moved into coaching and had been with Tottenham for the past three seasons.
Before seeking a coaching job Ehiogu followed his other passion, helping to set up evidence label Dirty Hit, which boasts artists such as The 1975, Ben Khan, Superfood, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Fossil Collective.
In 2010, he told Skysports.com: I miss specific areas of football, I miss the banter, but I was lucky enough to have 20 years of playing and that was enough of training, playing and the self-discipline. It had taken its toll and my psyche and my body were ready for a break.
My love of football is massive but my desire of music is amazing. You have people eating out of your hands when youre singing, you have people singing the lines of your song.
Basically, the only gap would be that, socially, when youre a musician it seems that you can get away with doing almost anything you like. It is deemed as being what a rock ace does. That balance needs to readdress itself but I dont think it ever will.
Ugo Ehiogu in action for Aston Villa, for whom he made over 200 looks. Photo: Shaun Botterill/ Getty Images
Ehiogu, who acknowledged he used to get psyched-up to a little bit of Bon Jovi before a equal, took his first step into coaching at Spurs academy under Tim Sherwood and Chris Ramsey.
He had very much bought into the philosophy to inspire the next generation, which included developing a mentoring programme for young musicians to highlight issues around the modern game.
If you come to watch plays at Tottenham in particular at development level you will notice how we try to play, in any particular way with a certain style, he said in a 2013 article for the Daily Mail.
My hope is to see an England team that tries to play flowing interchangeable football, that can mingle it with best available teams through physique and technique. Its the way forward.
One of his final tweets illustrated Ehiogus kind nature. Pass a homeless girl 10 last-place darknes in Dalston. She didnt ask or plead. Random impulsive act from me. Not gona lie. Felt good. #dosomethingkind. The #dosomethingkind hashtag had now been been trending on Twitter, with many people stirring generous gestures in the former footballers memory.
Ehiogu leaves behind his wife, Gemma, and a son.