Cheick Tiote has died at 30 years old after collapsing on the field while training with his club in China.
Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at 30 years old after collapsing on the field while training with his club in China.
"The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick's family, friends, teammates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented."
"It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick's death." Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez said in a statement. "In the all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man."
Tiote was training with Chinese Super League team Beijing Enterprises when he collapsed on the ground and was taken to a local hospital, according to reports.
His former teammates, countrymen and opponents and more reacted to the tragic news via Twitter:
Devastating news of the death of Cheick Tiote. RIP. ⚫⚪— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) June 5, 2017
😭😭😭 may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote 😭😭😭— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) June 5, 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) June 5, 2017
Damn. Can't believe it. RIP Cheicky... Gone way to soon😢— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) June 5, 2017
Tiote also starred for the Ivory Coast in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup.