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Ugo Ehiogu leaves behind a musical legacy as well as a footballing one

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The footballing world has today been mourning the tragic death of Tottenham Hotspur’s 44-year-old Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, who collapsed at the club’s training ground yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest

It’s obvious from the many tributes circulating on social media that Ehiogu, who won three League Cups in a long playing career, left his mark on the sport he loved, but many (us included) have only learned today that he also leaves behind a musical legacy. 

After hanging up his boots in 2009, he co-founded the record label Dirty Hit with Jamie Oborne and Brian Smith. Oborne and North East band Little Comets – who released their debut album under Dirty Hit in 2011 – both tweeted following the news of their former colleague’s passing. 

The West London-based label would go on to sign some of the biggest bands in the country, and its roster currently features Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Wolf Alice and The 1975. The latter’s most recent album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, topped both the UK album chart and the US Billboard 200. Their song ‘Somebody Else’ also topped our list of the best songs released last year.

The hashtag #dosomethingkind has been trending on Twitter today, after people picked up on the last tweet Ehiogu posted to the site. 

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