Former Newcastle United and Ivory Coast midfielder, Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during training in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.
In his seven years at United the Ivory Coast player made over 150 appearances, including three last season. He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.
“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training, 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.” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.
A statement from Newcastle said: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30. The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”