Ivory Coast international and ex-Newcastle player Cheick Tiote died on Monday after collapsing during training with Beijing Enterprises.
Beijing Enterprises confirmed that he died about one hour after losing consciousness in training.
“At approximately 6 p.m. of June 5, 2017, when the team was having their regular training session, our foreign player from Ivory Coast, Mr Cheik Tiote, fainted without any warning,” a team statement said. “The club sent him to hospital immediately. However, all revival measures proved ineffective. Mr Tiote passed away at approximate 7 p.m. The club has already contacted his family.
“Since joining Beijing BG football club on Feb 5., 2017, Mr Cheik Tiote has contributed to the club significantly. His football skills and professionalism have been much appreciated and highly praised by the club, the coaches and his teammates. Hereby, Beijing BG football club expresses our deepest sorrow following Mr Tiote’s passing.”
Tiote moved to China in February after signing with the second-division club from Newcastle.
Newcastle noted Tiote’s remarkable volley to equalise in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in 2011 — his only goal for the club.
“We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30,” Newcastle’s statement said. “The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, teammates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”