Former Newcastle United and Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has died from a heart attack aged 30, after he collapsed during training with his current club Beijing Enterprises FC.
Tiote collapsed during training in China with the club he joined from Newcastle in February, his agent Emanuele Palladino confirmed.
“I can confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,” said Palladino in the statement, the Guardian reported.
“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.”
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 5 June 2017
Tributes were paid to the midfielder, including from his former club, who tweeted: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tioté in China today.”
Completely devastated and saddened by the death of cheick tiote…why now Bro…Rest Well pic.twitter.com/ak8x2iAH7F
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) 5 June 2017
We are saddened to hear of the sudden, tragic passing of Cheick Tioté and would like to express our condolences to his friends and family.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) 5 June 2017
I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tioté was one of the nicest and toughest teammates I have ever had. Rest in peace brother.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) 5 June 2017
Shocked to hear the news that former @NUFC midfielder Cheick Tiote has passed away.. thoughts & prayers with his family & friends!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) 5 June 2017