Ugo Ehiogu dead: #dosomethingkind trends on Twitter after former England footballer's final tweet goes viral

Jack de Menezes
The Independent
Ugo Ehiogu's last tweet has gone viral in tribute to the former England international footballer: Getty
Ugo Ehiogu's last tweet has gone viral in tribute to the former England international footballer: Getty

The hashtag #dosomethingkind started trending on Friday following the tragic death of former England footballer Ugo Ehiogu, whose last post on Twitter displayed all that was good about him.

Tottenham Under-23 coach Ehiogu suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday while at the club’s training centre, and he was rushed to Hospital after receiving immediate treatment where he collapsed.

Spurs confirmed the sad news on Friday that the former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United defender had died in the early hours of the morning.

A wave of emotion immediately took over social media with heartfelt tributes being paid by clubs, managers, players and fans, but they were soon overtaken by the use of Ehiogu’s own, final tweet.

The tribute was a fitting one, given he had given money to a homeless person last month, and he included the hashtag #dosomethingkind at the end of the post.

The tweet read: “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.”

Social media users immediately started to copy the hashtag into their tributes to the ex-footballer in an effort to build a heartwarming legacy in his name.

TV presenter Leon Mann wrote: “Ugo's last tweet. Hope #dosomethingkind is trending soon. The world needs kindness.”

BT Sport presenter Lyndsey Hipgrave added: “#dosomethingkind today in Ugo's memory.”

Born in Homerton, London, Ehiogu joined the West Bromwich Albion academy and made his first professional appearance for the Baggies in 1989, before joining Villa where he went on to make 237 league appearances for the club between 1991 and 2000.

He moved on to Middlesbrough where he spent seven years at the Riverside, making 126 league appearances, during a spell that also included a loan with Leeds United, before wrapping up his career at Rangers in Scotland and Sheffield United.

Ehiogu’s England debut came in a substitute appearance against China in 1996, and his one and only international goal came against Spain in a friendly at Villa Park in February 2001.

After moving into coaching following his retirement, Ehiogu was part of Peter Taylor’s England Under-20 coaching set-up, before taking up a role with the Tottenham academy in July 2014.

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