Newcastle fans have been left stunned, with the terrible news that Cheick Tiote has died.

The midfielder would have turned 31 later this month (June) and his death is sure to be met with the same kind of shock that was felt when Pavel Srnicek passed away aged only 47.

According to the reports, it would appear Cheick Tiote had a heart attack on the training ground and was rushed to hospital – but sadly they weren’t able to save his life.

The player’s agent Emanuele Palladino has confirmed the news and asked for the family’s privacy to be respected:

“I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away today.”

Only 30 years old, Sky Sportsthe BBC and The Mail all reported that the former Newcastle midfielder collapsed and passed away during a training session with Beijing Enterprises FC.

The player only moving to China from Newcastle less than four months ago.

Terrible news and obviously all our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Former Newcastle teammates have rushed to convey their sadness on hearing the news:

Ant and Dec also paid tribute:

  • Stephen Paylor

    wow, 30 years old. RIP

  • Polarboy

    I’ll always remember that goal in the 4-4 against Arsenal.

  • TG

    That disallowed goal vs city…what a screamer and never offside. Rip cheik tiote

  • GToon

    Always gave everything to the cause. What a shame. RIP Cheick.

  • love toon despite

    Shocking news, very sad………..thanks for the happy memories Tiote.

  • Peter Robson

    Personally I´m gonna remember that goal against Arsenal !!! Let´s just take a moment to remember things like that !! Taken far too young !!

  • Wor Lass

    Terrible news -RIP!

  • Albert Stubbins

    Gutted. R.I.P Cheick Tiote.

  • HarryHype59

    Just goes to show you never know what is around the corner! Sad news indeed!

  • Cuh736

    Another unfortunate death on the training pitch, one I can sadly relate with on a personal level.

    RIP Tiote!!

  • Peter

    Very sad,,,RIP Cheick Tiote…

  • nufcslf

    Gordon Bennett, never saw that coming. That’s awful and as already said, far too young. RIP Cheick.