Cheick Tiote dies during training session in China

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Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30.

Tiote collapsed during a training session for his Chinese second tier club.

Best known for his crunching tackles and an outlandish volley goal to complete a comeback against Arsenal, Tiote made 156 appearances for Newcastle and was capped 52 times for the Ivory Coast.

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He won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and also played for Anderlecht and Twente.

Tiote’s representative Emanuele Palladino confirmed that the player passed away:

“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.”