Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England defender Ugo Ehiogu died on Friday morning at the age of 44, following a cardiac arrest.
The Tottenham Hotspur U23s coach collapsed in training on Thursday and spent the night in hospital, before passing away in the early hours of the morning.
Ehiogu enjoyed a long and successful playing career in the Premier League, where he made 335 appearances, and was named in the 1996 PFA Team of the Year.
The former centre back won also three League Cups, two with Villa and one for Boro, and scored one international goal in four senior caps during a 3-0 win over Spain in 2001 - Sven Goran Eriksson's first game as England manager.
Ehiogu also spent time with West Brom, Leeds, Sheffield United and Rangers (where he scored a spectacular overhead winner in the Old Firm derby) before hanging up his boots in 2009. He began coaching at Tottenham in 2014.
As a much loved and respected figure in the world of football the tributes have poured in from all those touched by Ehiogu as a coach, player and a friend.
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. pic.twitter.com/sSU0yqVfyk— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 21, 2017
Dreadful news about @UgoEhiogu. Such a great guy. Thoughts go out to his family— Darren Anderton (@DarrenAnderton) April 21, 2017
Only spoke to Ugo a month ago.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 21, 2017
Be in a happy place big man, will never forget you pal.
Rest in peace big un.
We're devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.— England (@England) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him. pic.twitter.com/UXT4CXNIne
Absolutely devastated to hear Ugo Ehiogu has died! Thoughts and prayers with his family and loved ones such a lovely gentleman RIP— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) April 21, 2017
The final thing Ugo tweeted just days ago. How apt it was a random act of kindness...we need more people like this in our world, not less.. https://t.co/WKq3tTbMSc— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) April 21, 2017
Will never forget Ugo Ehiogu's bicycle kick winner against Celtic. RIP https://t.co/qtkOrGWtMs— BigSport (@BigSportGB) April 21, 2017
Shocked & really sad to hear about Ugo Ehiogu. Spent many a night out in @Boro back in the day, loved his music as much as his football.— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 21, 2017
Ugo Ehiogu was a monolith of the Middlesbrough defence. Loved him. RIP — kelly_welles (@kelly_welles) April 21, 2017