Devestated for Ugo, a great friend. Heart goes out to his family and friends .RIP#villahero
RIO FERDINAND tweeted..
THE tributes continue to pour in for Ugo Ehiogu who sadly passed away today at the all-too young age of 44.
He was a gentle giant; a man mountain on the pitch – a wonderful, kind person off it. All journalists who knew him respected him for being so considerate and courteous.
All of his former teammates, managers and supporters have the same view – he was indeed a great man, not just a great footballer.
Here are some of the tributes posted on social media…led by Stan Collymore
“He was very much a family man and it’s such a shame to leave such a young family behind.”
Former England women and Arsenal Ladies forward Kelly Smith tweeted: “RIP my friend Ugo Ehiogu, gone too soon. A wonderful, caring man.”
Ex-Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton tweeted: “Really upsetting news about Ugo Ehiogu. Football has lost a great player and a great man. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP Ugo.”
Denise Lewis, Great Britain’s Olympic heptathlon gold medallist in 2000,tweeted:” Another sad day for sport with the death of Ugo Ehiogu. RIP.”
Former Villa teammate Paul McGrath revealed his devastation at the news of his great friend’s passing.
He tweeted: “Devestated for Ugo, a great friend. Heart goes out to his family and friends .RIP #villahero”