The hashtag #dosomethingkind has been circulating on Twitter following the tragic and unexpected passing of Ugo Ehiogu.
The Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 coach was rushed to hospital yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club’s training ground.
It was confirmed by his employers that Ehiogu, just 44, had passed away in the early hours of this morning.
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
What’s immediately clear from the tributes that have been pouring in on social media since the announcement was made is that Ehiogu left a lasting impression on everyone he knew, with a number of players who have either graduated from or still belong to the Spurs youth system mourning someone who helped them in life, as well as on the pitch.
One of the most genuine, and caring people I've ever met.— Shay (@ShayonHarrison) April 21, 2017
An honour to have been taught by you, not only as a player, but as a person.
Way more than just a coach, a father figure as well! Done so much for all of us boys. RIP Ugo. See you soon ❤️❤️❤️🌹 https://t.co/3K3c5Glfaz— Joshua Onomah (@Joshuaonomah10) April 21, 2017
So sad to hear the news this morning. Blessed to have worked with and learnt off both on and off the pitch. A true Gent. RIP Ugo 😞🌹— Luke McGee (@Lukemcgee1) April 21, 2017
But getting the most attention – and for good reason – online, is the former England defender’s final tweet before his death. Last month he recalled walking past a rough sleeper in London, and with no encouragement from her side, decided to give her some money. He added the hashtag #dosomethingkind.
Gave a homeless girl £10 last night in Dalston.She didn't ask or beg.Random impulsive act from me. Not gona lie. Felt good. #dosomethingkind— Ugo Ehiogu (@UgoEhiogu) March 29, 2017
For everyone that didn’t personally know Ehiogu, there’s surely no better way of honouring his legacy than by echoing that sentiment today – and extending a similar favour.
Born in Homerton, London, Ehiogu began his playing career as a West Bromwich Albion trainee. He enjoyed a lengthy spell at Aston Villa, where he picked up two League Cup winners medals in over 300 appearances for the famous Birmingham club. He won the same trophy again for Middlesbrough in 2004, and went on to play for Rangers and Sheffield United.