Ivory Coast midfielder, Cheick Tiote, has died after collapsing while training with his club in China. The 30-year-old joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Enterprises.
He was said to have slumped at the training ground on Monday and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“During a routine training session at 6pm today, Ivory Coast player Cheik Tioté suddenly fainted and the club immediately rushed him to hospital, but unfortunately efforts to save him failed and he passed away at 7pm.,” Beijing Enterprises said in a statement.
“The player’s relatives have been informed. Beijing Enterprises football club expresses its deep sorrow and profound condolences for Mr Tiote’s untimely death.
“After joining Beijing Enterprises Group FC on February 5th 2017, Mr Tiote has made a great contribution to the club and has received plaudits from the coaching staff and team-mates for his superb ability and professionalism.
“We hereby express our sincere condolences following Mr Tiote’s unfortunate death.” Tiote, who spent seven years playing for English Premier League club, Newcastle, was said to have suffered a heart attack. The deceased’s agent, Emanuele Palladino, announced Tiote’s passing in a statement.
He said, “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.”
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