Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the aged 30 after he collapsed during a training session at his club, Beijing Enterprises in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.
A statement red, “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman, Emanuele Palladino.
“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”
Tiote was born in the Ivory Coast and became an integral part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McClaren.
He, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m where he made over 150 appearances.
Tiote joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.
Written by Chineze Ogugua