Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has sadly passed away after collapsing during training in China, it has been confirmed.
“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.”
During a seven year spell with the Magpies, Tiote went on to amass more than 150 appearances for the club which included three during the past season. After falling down the pecking order at the Magpies under Rafa Benitez, he joined Chinese club Beijing Enterprises in February.
One of the most memorable moments of Tiote’s time at Newcastle came in February 2011 when he scored a memorable goal to help the Magpies come back from 4-0 down to draw the match.