RIP Cheick Tiote
Very sad news has emerged from China on Monday afternoon, confirming the death of Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote.
Just 30 years-old, Tiote left Newcastle in early February to sign for Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee.
According to reports on Monday, Tiote collapsed at training on Monday and was rushed to hospital.
Tiote’s agent Emanuele Palladino confirmed the devastating news on Monday.
Demba Ba pays tribute to Chieck Tiote
Amongst the first players to pay tribute to Tiote was former Newcastle team mate Demba Ba.
Ba Tweeted: “May God grant you heaven”.
Tiote was best known in England for his time at Newcastle and famously scored a last minute equaliser in a 4-4 Premier League draw with Arsenal.
Besides Newcastle and Beijing Express, Tiote also played for Anderlecht, Roda JC and FC Twente.
Twitter reactions are below. Very sad news. RIP Chieck Tiote.
may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote
— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) June 5, 2017
Statement from player's representative. pic.twitter.com/Ziiw4otSme
— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 5, 2017
Sadly, it has been confirmed that Cheick Tiote has died in China at the age of 30. RIP.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) June 5, 2017
More infos coming in from XuJiang (very reliable). Tiote suddenly collapsed after being handled bibs in a training session. @FabrizioRomano
— Chris Tan (@tanyuntian) June 5, 2017
Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has passed away after collapsing in training, aged 30. RIP. pic.twitter.com/T5W4GEvdkv
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) June 5, 2017
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) June 5, 2017
Without the fans, football is nothing #6
Rest in peace, Cheick Tiotépic.twitter.com/8s4JUWw3rO
— Match Photography (@MatchPhotos) June 5, 2017
So sad to hear of CHEICK TIOTE death. I had the privilege in playing with him at Newcastle what miss to his family and friends great man! pic.twitter.com/jkeGBrV47K
— Sol Campbell (@SolManOfficial) 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 piece brother.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) June 5, 2017
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 5, 2017
Even more tragically am told Cheick Tioté's wife is expecting a baby this week #rip
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) June 5, 2017