Former Newcastle player Cheick Tiote dies

Ivory Coast midfielder, Cheick Tiote, collapses while training with his club, Beijing Enterprise on Monday.
Tiote joined the second-tier Chinese side in February, having played for English premier league side, Newcastle from 2010 to 2017.

The midfielder started his career in Belgium with Anderlecht and also represented Twente and Roda JC in the Netherlands, as well as making 52 international appearances for Ivory Coast. 

Tiote's representative Emanuele Palladino said:
"It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises.

"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."
Beijing Enterprises also confirmed the news of Tiote’s death with a statement.

It read:
“At 6pm on June 5th, Mr Cheick Tiote fell unconscious to the ground during training.

“He was immediately taken to hospital, but unfortunately died at 7pm on June 5th. We have informed his relatives of his death.

“After joining Beijing Enterprises Group FC on February 5th 2017, Mr Tiote has made a great contribution to the club and has received plaudits from the coaching staff and team-mates for his superb ability and professionalism.

“We hereby express our sincere condolences following Mr Tiote’s unfortunate death.”
Tiote was a regular for his new club starting all 11 games until his death.

Tributes have since flooded social media in honor of the Ivorian. He was 30 at the time of his death.

Rest In Peace Cheick Ismael Tiote!!