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Cheick Tiote, former Newcastle United and Ivory Coast midfielder dies at the age of 30

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Former Newcastle United midfielder, Cheick Tiote died at the age of 30 after collapsing during training.

The Ivorian spent 7 years at Newcastle United and joined Chinese second-tier team Beijing Enterprise in February.

“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,”said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.

He also added

“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 was also in the Ivory Coast squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015. He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McClaren.

Tiote was impressive as a defensive midfielder as he was signed By Newcastle United for £3.5m in 2010. The most memorable match in his career would be in February 2011 against Arsenal, where he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back to draw the match from being 4-0 down.

Former and Current Players and managers pay tribute to Cheick Tiote on social media:-

‘A true professional and above all a great man’
A statement from Newcastle said: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30.
“The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said:

“It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.

The Spanish manager also added

“In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”
‘His smile lit up the room’

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper posted:

“Gutted to hear the awful news about my former teammate Cheick Tiote today. Thoughts with his friends and family.”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who played with Tiote at Anderlecht, tweeted:

“I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tioté was one of the nicest and toughest teammates I have ever had. Rest in peace brother.”

Former Newcastle and current Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given said on Twitter:

“Shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of Cheick Tioté, I pass on my condolences to his friends & family, way too young.”

Papiss Cisse, who played with Tiote from 2012-2014 at Newcastle, tweeted:

“Goodnight brother, You will be missed. My heart goes out to his family. Gone too soon.”

Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong said:

“Terrible news, R.I.P. Tiote. Always enjoyed sitting next to you in the dressing room my friend.”

Match of the day commentator Gary Lineker said on Twitter: “Dreadful news that Cheick Tiote has passed away. So young. So tragic.”