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Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote died one hour after collapsing while training with the Chinese League One club Beijing Enterprises yesterday evening. He was 30. The exact cause of his death is currently unknown.
Tiote's agent, Emanuele Palladino, released the following statement, confirming his death, as reported by the BBC.
Beijing Enterprises also released the following statement, as reported by ESPN, providing some details to Tiote's death.
"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," the 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."
It added: "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 had made upwards of 150 appearances, playing in both the Premier League and Championship.
Upon learning of his passing, several of his former teammates took to Twitter to send their condolences in memory of their fallen friend.
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