By Andah John
Ivorian international and former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.
“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.
“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, born in Côte d’Ivoire, was part of his country’s squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.