Merson pays emotional Ehiogu tribute after sudden death of ex-Aston Villa star

The grief-stricken pundit broke down on television as he tried to describe the character of his former Villa team-mate, who passed away on Friday

Paul Merson has paid an emotional tribute to Ugo Ehiogu following the news of the former Aston Villa star's sudden death.

Ehiogu, who was coach of the Tottenham Under-23 team, passed away on Friday after suffering cardiac arrest while taking training and his untimely demise has sent shockwaves through English football.

Ex Aston Villa star Ugo Ehiogu dies aged 44

Merson, who played with Ehiogu at Villa in the late 1990s, was asked to give viewers an insight into 'the man behind the player' and was visibly distraught as he described the former defender.

Merson’s emotional Ehiogu tribute

WATCH: Paul Merson pays tribute to his former Aston Villa FC team mate Ugo Ehiogu.

Posted by Sky Sports on Friday, 21 April 2017

"To be fair, I'm still devastated," Merson said on Sky Sports. "I mean, he was such a top bloke, it was unbelievable."

The former England international continued by calling Ehiogu a "man-mountain" before trailing off as he grew increasingly upset.

He added: "You know what? Billy Joel sings a song about it: only the good die young."

Ehiogu won two League Cups, the first with Villa in 1995 and the second with Middlesbrough in 2004.

He earned four caps for England, scoring one goal, which came in a friendly win over Spain in 2001.

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