Former Newcastle Player Passes Away.

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Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during a training session in China.

His death was confirmed by his agent on Monday afternoon after he was taken to hospital but it has now been confirmed that he passed away after emergency treatment.

Ivory Coast international Tiote moved to China in February to play for second division side Beijing Enterprises. Tiote made 139 appearances for Newcastle and scored one goal. He was extremely popular with both fellow players and fans, with whom he was something of a cult hero.

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.