The Aston Villa family was devastated this morning with news of the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.
Ehiogu, 44 – a man mountain in claret and blue - died following a heart attack.
His former team-mates have taken to various media outlets to pay tribute – as well as other respected names in the game.
Please find them below as we remember Ugo.
“Ugo, may you rest in peace, memories of you will live on forever...”
“You always strived to be the "Best"... YOU WERE!! Love you ALWAYS! RIP UGO”
Devastated...absolutely devastated. Lost a great team-mate and friend. Deepest condolences to all of Ugo's family and friends. RIP Ugo.”
“I am devastated. He was such a top bloke. He was a man mountain on the pitch. I think it was Billy Joel who sings the song ‘Only the good die young’ – and that is Ugo. He was a top player, top bloke and a good friend.”
“I was at Villa with Ugo and he always had a lot of time for young players coming through. He was a massive character and a general all-round nice guy.”
“Dreadful news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away. So young, so sad, such a lovely guy. #RIPUgo”
“I got on so well with Ugo. I used to clean his boots – size 13 – absolute monsters!”
"RIP Ugo Ehiogu…tremendous player…and even better man…words can't do justice about how sad I am."
“I will always remember him as an extremely good professional, a very, very nice man. It came as a shock for me to see he had died at 44 years old. It is sad for everyone. For sure, he will be remembered by all England football fans.”
Sven Goran Eriksson