It has been announced in the past few hours that former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during training in China.
The former Newcastle United midfielder and Ivory Coast international’s death was confirmed by his current club Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.
In a brief statement on the club’s website, a spokesperson said: “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training.”
“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.”