Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has reportedly died aged just 30-years-old.
Ivorian Tiote reportedly died in hospital after ‘collapsing in training’.
The cause of death is as yet unconfirmed, but the tragic news itself was confirmed by Sky Sports while former team-mate and friend Demba Ba led the tributes.
Cheick Tiote has passed away aged 30 after collapsing at training. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 5, 2017
may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote
— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) June 5, 2017
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.
Fans have reacted to the news with shock and sadness at his untimely passing:
Very sad news about Cheick Tiote, will always remember his volly against Arsenal, RIP
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— Jack Smith (@jack_smitty101) June 5, 2017
Shocked to hear about Tiote. Condolences to family &friends.
— Growlerman (@Hesterswayjohn) June 5, 2017
RIP Tiote. Gone way too soon
— Kaden Engbers (@kadenengbers) June 5, 2017
Tiote came to the Premier League in 2010, remaining with Newcastle until February this year when he joined China League One outfit Beijing Enterprises Group F.C.
The unapologetic midfielder’s most memorable moment in a Newcastle shirt came against Arsenal, when he scored his only goal for the Toon Army – a scorching left footed volley to tie the match 4-4 with little time remaining.
Our thoughts go out to friends, family, and Tiote’s loved ones at this time.