Beijing, CHINA:Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote is dead according to reports by multiple news outlets in China.
The Ivorian international is said to have collapsed during training with his club Beijing Enterprises FC and subsequently died aged 30, though the club is yet to make an official statement.
‘’Hospital just confirmed that Tioté is dead. RIP Cheik’’, tweeted China Super League.
Tiote’s former team-mate at Newcastle, Demba Ba of Senegal, tweeted: “may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote.”
Reports suggest he had been taken ill after training and was subsequently rushed to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Tiote who was part of Ivory Coast 2015 African Cup of Nations cup winning team spent seven years at the English Premier League club Newcastle United.
He late decamped to China after a poor 2015/16 season that saw Newcastle relegated to championship.