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red_hot_iron Posted on 21/04/2017 09:33
Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man
 
 
This one has really gotten to me. One of my all time favourite players, a player not long retired. Young, healthy, years ahead of him tragically taken away.

RIP Ugo. Thanks for so many treasured memories.

I remember the day he signed thinking what a great player it was. A player in his prime coming to the Boro with many top years ahead of him. He struggled with injuries and suspensions in his first year but when Southgate joined him a year later we had the IMO the best centre back pairing ever to pull on the Boro shirt and that was the platform for one of the most successful periods in our history. Certainly in my lifetime. Cup Wins, Semi Finals, European Football all built on a rock solid defence.

As much as I loved Southgate I always had a real soft spot for Ugo. The way he ran, the way he seemed to get that heroic last gasp tackle in when it mattered. His look - all legs and arms. He was a true Boro legend.

Thanks again Ugo.
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slavens_holgate_fence Posted on 21/04/2017 09:37

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His header against bradford at home when we were 2-0 down. This sparked the comeback to earn a 2-2 draw.
I remember the atmosphere getting a little poisoness at 2-0.
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The_GOAT Posted on 21/04/2017 09:41

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Aston Villa 1-1 Boro

Link: Link
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jimbob1981 Posted on 21/04/2017 09:45
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His save on the line in the dying minutes at Cardiff.

Boro Legend.
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The_GOAT Posted on 21/04/2017 09:46

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This one is probably better because it provides a better soundbyte right at the end. Boro 2-1 Villa.

Link: Boro
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DirtyDerekBracken Posted on 21/04/2017 09:49

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Ugo was a great centre back for us and a key signing who gave us great service over a long period of time.
The pairing of Southgate and Ehiogu is up there with Boam and Maddren in terms of our best ever centre back unit.

I had a PCL injury at the same time as him and bumped into him at Northallerton hospital rehab a couple of times.
All ways happy to chat and a true gent..

RIP Ugo Ehiogu
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captain5 Posted on 21/04/2017 09:49

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The Bradford one is a good one. His first goal for us?

Two future Boro scorers with Bradford's goals.

I'll just remember the times when you thought the opposition was through and then a long leg would slide across and take the ball away.

A defender's defender.

And more importantly, just a really nice guy.
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crocker Posted on 21/04/2017 10:05

Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man

 
The save on the line at Cardiff.
A last minute winner v Blackburn at home in the 5th round of the F A Cup.
His all round physical prescence on the pitch - awesome.
RIP Big Man. Taken far too soon.
Part of "that" team.
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legz Posted on 21/04/2017 10:09
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Watching Sky Sports News and they using a lot of clips of Ugo celebrating on the pitch after the Carling Cup. Such happiness on such a momentous and historic day for Boro.

Devastating we've already lost one of our cup heroes [|)]
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Heine Posted on 21/04/2017 10:10

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Great defender and that block in the cup final heart's in mouth time
RIP
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otto42 Posted on 21/04/2017 10:14

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He was immense when we were under the cosh in the second half at Cardiff, threw his body in the way of everything.
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red_hot_iron Posted on 21/04/2017 10:16

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I remember him coming on for Jimmy after Massimo had scored the winner in the UEFA Cup Semi Final.

Imagine been able to make that kind of substitution now.

One game has always stood out in my memory is a 3-1 win against Man City around 2003 time. Ugo scored early in the 2nd half and I remember loving his celebration. Arms in the air with a kind of goofy grin on a nodding head. We then went 2-0 up but City pulled one back and then we scored the 3rd to close out the game. Always stood in my mind that match as it was such a perfect way to win.

His death has certainly put life into perspective.
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Baroness_Warsi Posted on 21/04/2017 10:20

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Having a quiet pub meal and beer late last summer when he walked past our table. Kinda regret not going over to speak to him, but it'd have been like that scene in Seinfeld where Kramer hands his script to Fred Savage.

The Thou Shalt Not Pass performance in Cardiff. The last-ditch block of Stelios's shot.

An even later last-minute block against Steaua Bucharest.

The buzz of anticipation when he galloped forward to fling himself at a corner/free-kick.

Flying headers against Derby, Blackburn and Villa.

A leg appearing from nowhere to whip the ball from the toe of a striker poised to shoot - too often to mention.

Big Ugo was a genuine childhood hero.
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parmoboro Posted on 21/04/2017 10:24

Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man

 
First memory of him was just after his (I think?) Boro debut at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland had just beaten us 1 -0 and as usual we had been kept back by the Police until the ground cleared. While we were waiting Ugo appears by himself to run a few laps of the pitch. I had no idea what his laps were about, seemed strange at the time as I had no idea what warming down was. It clearly wasn't the culture at Boro then but Ugo had clearly brought good habits with him it seemed. Just a small glimpse into his professionalism really. Like many others have said his partnership with Southgate was the best I've seen in my time watching Boro.

Good memory also of this 86th minute winner vs Blackburn in the FA Cup on our 2002 cup run - Southgate swings over the free kick and big Ugo does the rest[^]



Link: Get in Ugo!
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lionhunter Posted on 21/04/2017 10:27

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Top player , composed and eccomplished .
A Man Mountain and leader of men .
A big loss not just to his family and friends but the football fraternity .Just as he was passing his experience and knowledge down to others he's taken away .

He was due to play for Help the Heros next month , which his Brother ( ex forces ) had helped organise .

His last ditch block against Bolton was as good as goal .
That ended up winning us the Cup. [^] Forever enternally greatful for that .

I also remember the big man being brave away at Blackburn going for a header and taking a serious whack keeping him out along time , which I think says a lot about him .....some people put themselves in where it hurts and others don't .....he did .

Thank you Ugo for help giving me my best ever experience supporting The Boro in Cardiff ..... It and you will never be forgotten ,always in our thoughts and hearts .

Always remembered Ugo RIP.
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newjersey Posted on 21/04/2017 11:04

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RIP Ugo. A great player during his time here.

I have the privilege of owning his shirt from the Roma game.

Tragic.


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dooderooni Posted on 21/04/2017 11:08

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Ugo was a brilliant defender, the master of the last ditch tackle with those long legs and loping stride getting him and us out of all sorts of bother.

Never one to court attention in the media and from what those who knew him well are saying he was a thoroughly decent bloke.

As fans we sometimes let our passion for the game take over and we say things about those in football that they don't deserve. At the end of the day, the game is just a game played and run by blokes who are husbands, fathers, brothers and uncles, not bad people.
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Right_Said_Fred Posted on 21/04/2017 11:18

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A great defender who should have played many,many more times for England. Seemed a quiet man off the pitch, wasn't always in the papers and lived a decent life. I don't recall him declaring his love of the club or gushing about his fondness of the area too often during his time here but that really didn't matter. His performances on the pitch did his talking for him. Strong, committed and wholehearted. A player doesn't need to kiss the badge every five minutes to prove his commitment, just perform on the pitch and Ugo did that admirably. So strong and quick. If strikers wanted to get physical, he'd get physical. If they wanted to race, he'd race. Nothing seemed to faze him. Alongside Gareth it was the perfect pairing. People talk about Cannovaro & Nesta as the best defensive pairing but were they that much better than Southgate & Ehiogu? I doubt it.
RIP big man
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Lefty Posted on 21/04/2017 11:19

Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man

 
This is such a shock. I can't imagine how his family must feel.

It's hard to do justice to how highly thought of he was both on and off the pitch.

As a defender in his own right he was up there with the best this club has had, but as a centre half pairing, Ugo and Gareth are the best I've seen.

And he was just as much a credit to the club and himself off the pitch as he was on the pitch.

RIP Big Man
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erimus74 Posted on 21/04/2017 11:30

Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man

 
Ugo was a brilliant defender, the master of the last ditch tackle with those long legs and loping stride getting him and us out of all sorts of bother.

Never one to court attention in the media and from what those who knew him well are saying he was a thoroughly decent bloke.

As fans we sometimes let our passion for the game take over and we say things about those in football that they don't deserve. At the end of the day, the game is just a game played and run by blokes who are husbands, fathers, brothers and uncles, not bad people.

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Jonny_Rondos_Disco_pants Posted on 21/04/2017 11:39

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I'll never get over his debut at Charlton 😂 Typical Boro.
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wilkos_perm Posted on 21/04/2017 11:40

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Like the OP, this has got to me too. I absolutely loved Ugo, a beast of a defender, but with composure, and real class as a professional.
Just remember feeling so at ease with him and Southgate at the back, Boateng in front, and Schwarzer behind.
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Alberto_Del_Rio Posted on 21/04/2017 11:43

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One from Cardiff

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the_smog_chorus Posted on 21/04/2017 11:52

Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man

 
Remember him getting back into the England Squad while playing for us and scoring with a header against Spain, great for a Boro fan to watch a one of our players do that.

Was a great player and a Boro legend given he was part of that team. RIP
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festa5 Posted on 21/04/2017 12:29

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When he scored v Villa and John Gregory whining that he 'never scored goals like that when he played for me' [:D]

Absolutely one of my favourite boro players of all time. So many matches where he made defending look ridiculously easy. You just walked away just thinking 'Ugo was class again'.

Even little things like his ability to shield the ball over the line for a goal kick, players just couldn't get past him.

Must have been an absolute nightmare to play against.

Not often you'd describe centre backs as a joy to watch, but he absolutely was.
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captain5 Posted on 21/04/2017 12:42

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Ugo block

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FrozenHorse Posted on 21/04/2017 12:46

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"His header against bradford at home when we were 2-0 down. This sparked the comeback to earn a 2-2 draw.
I remember the atmosphere getting a little poisoness at 2-0."

My first thought too; the feeling was Robbo would have been gone if we lost that one.

Also his never-a-handball in injury time at Cardiff. Shameful accusations by the Bolton team.[8)]

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parmoboy Posted on 21/04/2017 14:21

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His header against Blackburn in the FA cup 5th round. I was sat in the North/East corner and remember running all the way down the steps and celebrating near the pitch.
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50p-Bear Posted on 21/04/2017 14:41

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Very sad news, echoing what many on here have said, one of my favourite Boro players.

The last ditch tackles in the Carling Cup Final and UEFA Cup against Steaua spring to mind of course, but I also remember how gutted I was when he got injured against arsenal in the 2002 FA Cup semi. What might have been had he stayed on the pitch...

RIP Ugo
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boringblock_21 Posted on 21/04/2017 15:15
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Memories of Ugo....RIP Big Man

 
"Good memory also of this 86th minute winner vs Blackburn in the FA Cup on our 2002 cup run - Southgate swings over the free kick and big Ugo does the rest... I was sat in the North/East corner and remember running all the way down the steps and celebrating near the pitch."

I have a similar memory, only mine is of getting knocked over the seats in front of me by somebody running down the stairs after Ugo scored (around 24 seconds into Parmoboy's video). Now I'm wondering if it was Parmoboy who knocked me over?!


I am from the spoiled generation of Boro fans. I grew up with Ugo and Southgate as our main centre half partnership. I can't really add more to what others have said only to say that as a kid I dreamed of being a combination of the two. Ugo was a proper centre back and came across as a genuinely nice man during interviews. When I heard he had collapsed I didn't expect to wake up to this news this morning, I think that's why this is so upsetting.

Most importantly however, this is tragic for his young family. I hope in time they can take some small crumb of comfort from how well liked and loved Ugo was throughout football.

RIP Ugo Ehiogu.
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Indeedido Posted on 21/04/2017 15:23

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Loved him.
Genuine lump in the throat when I heard he had actually passed.
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parmoboy Posted on 21/04/2017 15:30

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"I have a similar memory, only mine is of getting knocked over the seats in front of me by somebody running down the stairs after Ugo scored (around 24 seconds into Parmoboy's video). Now I'm wondering if it was Parmoboy who knocked me over?!"

Haha to be fair mate it might well have been, I think I do remember knocking into somebody on my way down. One of those moments when adrenaline kicks in and you can't contain yourself [smi]
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MancBoro Posted on 21/04/2017 15:49

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Something that came to mind when I found out was 2002 semi v arsenal at Old Trafford and singing his name im concourse before the game. The place was bouncing. Ugo came off injured and was replaced by Festa. Also on another day hand ball could have been given at Cardiff. Twists of fate.
RIP
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red_hot_iron Posted on 21/04/2017 15:52

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50p-Bear I remember the scenes before kick off in the 2002 semi.

We had so many injuries and Carbone was cup tied but when Southgate & Ehiogu lined up I remember looking at them from my seat behind the goal thinking it felt right. Didn't last long like you say as he went of injured but I remember signing the tra la la la song with Southgates names added to become "Southgate Ehiogu tra la la la".
It just felt like such a tight pairing.
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Fearless_Fish Posted on 21/04/2017 16:20

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On a separate note - I've just watched Captain5's link of Ugo's world class finger tip save, and decided to watch until the end of the match from there. That's got to be the worst "killing off" of the game I've ever seen! [:D]
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SimonDavidWilliamson Posted on 21/04/2017 16:21
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Just watched the last five minutes of the final via the great link posted earlier loving seeing ugo sending them big long balls back from his head that Bolton were sending in, upsetting news been in my thoughts all day. Rip in peace ugo thanks for the memories
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lelgie10 Posted on 21/04/2017 16:40

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An absolute hero on the pitch and forever will live in our hearts, particularly for that day in Cardiff.

Was lucky enough to play with him in one of the Charity matches that Clarky organised at the Riverside. First thing that struck me was how humble he was. One of the lads went around the dressing room introducing himself to all. He got to Ugo and said 'Hi, I am *****, who are you' and Ugo just replied to say 'hi I am Ugo', with no airs and graces. Of course the lad knew who Ugo was and that corner of the dressing room erupted.

He and Curtis Fleming then talked me through the next 90 mins and was such a great experience that I will never forget.

Post match he came and sat with my family and I. He remembered my name and probably stayed for 5-10 minutes just talking about the match, the Boro and his future. Was really into his music. Seemed a great guy and will never forget that whole experience.

RIP Ugo.
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petrio Posted on 21/04/2017 17:59

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Watching him score a goal away at Villa and cupping his ear to their fans as he ran the length of the pitch past them. They had been giving him pelters the whole game. [^][fb] Seeing him put in the handball that wasn't a handball in the Carling Cup Final. I knew the cup was ours as soon as he blocked it.

A 2004 Boro legend.

RIP Ugo.[|)]
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big-eggo Posted on 21/04/2017 18:02

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RIP Big fella. Fierce competitor on the pitch, total gentleman off it. A great role model for any young player.

I can remember a member of the coaching staff reciting a story to me way back of how Ugo gave him his gold Rolex to mind during a training session having forgot to take it off before leaving the changing room. When he remembered to ask for it back a good few hours later he was told it was "its still in my training kit, which is now in the laundry" By the time they got to it the kit lady had already loaded all of the kit into an industrial washing machine.

Ugo's response laughing - "Ah no worries man, it is supposed to be good for 300m in water. That washing machine cant be more than a metre deep at most".

Top man!! RIP and deepest condolences to his family.
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Born_again_Freebird Posted on 21/04/2017 19:42

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I remember Ugo playing for Villa at the Riverside and playing an absolute stormer, nothing and no one got past him. I thought then if only we could sign someone as good as that and then he actually did not long after - brilliant player and a lovely fella also. Thanks for the memories Ugo. Rest in peace big man
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notveryathletic Posted on 21/04/2017 20:20

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Took the kids to watch training one day, as he came over at the end to sign his autograph, he went through the queue but jokingly missed my daughter out, so she moved along the queue and again he missed her out again until she was the last one, he then said to her are you waiting for me, signed her autograph book and then gave her his training gloves, she was over the moon.
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boroskel65 Posted on 21/04/2017 20:50

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One of my memories is quite brutal in that it involves the dark arts of defending. We were playing Fulham and struggling for a result, and Louis Saha was in unstoppable form and had scored in something like the last five games.

Within five minutes of kick off Ugo left his mark on Saha who eventually had to hobble off. We won 2-1, job done!
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pork_pie Posted on 21/04/2017 20:58
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I was based at RAF Bruggen in Germany from 1999 till it closed in 2001. It was during that time that we bought Ugo. Also during that time Boro did a pre season tour that included Holland. A very kind Boro fan who was in charge of MT (vehicles) at Bruggen very kindly "lent" me a service minibus to do an "expedition" in Holland on the condition I took his son! I duly obliged and managed to shout Ugo over to say hello to the son! Ugo was a genuinely nice man! Just in case Mr MT reads this...his name starts with an A and ends with a D.....many thanks Mr I A.[:D]
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red61 Posted on 21/04/2017 21:02

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attending a charity night for "kidney transplant fund" last year, i was fortunate enough to win Ugo's NO17 Boro away shirt in an auction, for my 9yr old grandson, it hangs proudly on his bedroom wall...
RIP big fella.
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borolad259 Posted on 21/04/2017 21:15

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Truly, one of our own. Was knocked sideways this morning ... quite surprised by how upset the news made me. Legend.
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