When the awful news broke this morning that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday, it wasn’t long before the tributes began to pour in.
As we’ve heard tell over the course of the day, Ehiogu was not only a fine, vastly underrated centre-half but also a kind, caring and much-loved man – his final Tweet almost serving to encapsulate his altruistic nature…
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
Visibly devastated, Paul Merson appeared on Sky Sports News to deliver a eulogy for his old Aston Villa mucker.
Struggling to keep it together, Merson describing Ehiogu as a “man-mountain” and a “top bloke and a good friend” before the tears overwhelmed him…
A visibly heartbroken Paul Merson with a touching tribute to his good friend Ugo Ehiogu… pic.twitter.com/OYxkg7T6Y4
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) April 21, 2017
Fair play to Merse. That took guts to even attempt on live television, just hours after losing a mate.
We were welling up just watching him.