Former Newcastle United midfielder and Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote is dead.
Tiote slumped during a training session with his club, One side Beijing Enterprises on Monday in China.
The 30-year-old was pronounced dead after being rushed to a local hospital.
Tiote’s agent Emanuele Palladino confirmed the death of the Ivory Coast international in a brief statement and asked for privacy of the player’s family to be respected.
“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.
Tiote who played for his country 52 times both at the 2010 and 2014 Fifa World Cup tournaments left for Chinese second-flight club, Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee inFebruary 2017.