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Cheick Tiote dead aged 30 after former Newcastle midfielder collapses during training in Beijing

The Ivorian was a favourite at St James’ Park during his seven years on Tyneside

Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing in Beijing.

His agent Emanuele Palladino confirmed the news on Monday afternoon, saying: “I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote passed away today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises.”

Tiote begun his pro career in Belgium with Anderlecht, a period which included a loan spell with Roda JC.

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From there he moved to FC Twente in the Netherlands, establishing himself as an effective defensive midfielder, making 86 appearances for the Dutch side.

He moved to the Premier League to join Newcastle in 2010 and made over 150 appearances for the Toon before leaving for China in February this year.

Tiote moved to China earlier in the season (Photo: Twitter)

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Tiote was plying his trade in the second tier in China for Beijing Enterprises. He had played 17 times for the club before his death.

Demba Ba, Tiote’s former teammate at Newcastle, was among the first to

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