Cheick Tiote dead: Ex-EPL, Ivory Coast player passes away in training collapse at Beijing Enterprises

IVORY Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement.

UK media reports said Tiote collapsed on the Enterprise training pitch and later died in hospital. A heart attack is the suspected cause of death, UK reports said..

Tiote – who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23-year drought, although he was injured for the final – had only moved to China in February after ending a seven-year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

“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,” Tiote’s spokesman Emanuele Palladino said.

“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time.

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