SHANGHAI: Cheick Tioté, the Ivory Coast and former Newcastle midfielder, has died after reportedly suffering a heart attack while training with his club in China.
The Ivory Coast international joined Beijing Enterprises of the Chinese Super League in January having spent seven years at St James’s Park. The 30-year-old was reported to have collapsed at the training ground on Monday and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Agent Emanuele Palladino, in a statement. said:“I can confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,”
Tioté began his career in his homeland with FC Bibo before moving to Anderlecht as a teenager. He also played under Steve McClaren at FC Twente in the Netherlands before joining Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m, going on to make almost 150 appearances.
He won 52 caps for Ivory Coast and played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.