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Cheick Tioté (1986–2017)

by Kirk Fox

The former midfielder for Newcastle United in the English Premier League died after he collapsed while training.

Cheick Tioté, a former midfielder for Newcastle United in the English Premier League, died Monday, June 5, 2017, after he collapsed while training with his new Chinese team, according to multiple news sources. He was 30.

His agent, Emanuele Palladino, released a statement on Twitter:


“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tioté sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training. 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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Tioté was born in the Ivory Coast and helped the Ivorian team win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

He began his career in Belgium and then played for the Dutch team FC Twente. The defensive midfielder signed a contract with Newcastle in 2010. He was a fan favorite with Newcastle who was known for his aggressive play. He signed with Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.

Newcastle United issued this statement: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tioté at the age of just 30. The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who played with Tioté at Anderlecht, tweeted, “I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tioté was one of the nicest and toughest teammates I have ever had. Rest in peace brother.”

Argentinian soccer player Jonas Gutierrez also tweeted a tribute, saying: “Very said to hear about the pass away of Tiote. RIP my friend.”

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