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Former Newcastle star Cheick Tiote dies aged 30

Cheick Tiote
Cheick Tiote

Former Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote has died of a heart attack aged just 30

The Ivory Coast international passed away after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises, a spokesman for the player has announced.

Here is the statement in full from Tiote's spokesman Emanuele Palladino,.

"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."

Tiote made his name in Belgium and Holland beforre signing for the Magpies in 2010.

The combative midfielder became a firm fan favourite at St James' Park, playing over 130 games before leaving the club in February of this year for China.

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