Shocking news on Monday afternoon that Cheick Tiote has died.

Only 30 years old, Sky Sportsthe BBC and The Mail are reporting 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.

The Mag 9 February 2017:

Newcastle United have released an official club statement regarding Cheick Tiote.

The club say that despite speculation to the contrary, the midfielder’s transfer to China was only ‘formally completed on Thursday morning’.

The statement confirms that Cheick Tiote has indeed joined Chinese second division club – Beijing Enterprises FC.

However, no confirmation of how much was paid, with the club giving the usual ‘undisclosed fee’.

Claims have varied from between £500,000 and £5m, with his former club FC Twente reported to be counting on the higher fee for a windfall, as when he joined Newcastle in 2010 there was a clause entitling them to 15% of any profit on a future sale.

Official Newcastle United Statement:

‘The club can now confirm that Cheick Tiote has joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee.

The deal was formally completed on Thursday morning, bringing an end to the Ivorian midfielder’s six-and-a-half-year Newcastle career.

Arriving from FC Twente in August 2010, Tiote made 156 appearances for the Magpies.

He scored only one goal, but it was a memorable one – the spectacular equaliser in the famous 4-4 comeback against Arsenal in February 2011.

Tiote leaves with the club’s best wishes for the future.’

  • Burt Humperdink

    Absolutely shocking stuff and not in a good way. Will never understand when these young fit blokes die like this, more research needed I think. RIP

  • Scottpaige

    God bless. We will certainly never forget you

  • Jimblag23

    Shocked. Poor Cheik, always remembered for the good times.
    Rest in peace our former soldier.

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  • HenrySlade

    On his day, he was one of the best defensive midfielders in the country. This is very sad news.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Very sad news, if you are in your 20s and 30s do get yourself screened for heart problems, it really can happen to the most athletic of lads

    RIP Chiek,

  • Steve Willis

    Rip bigman. Part of a quality midfield with benny, cabaye and spiderman.

  • Leicester Mag

    Truly awful. Football seems so insignificant set in the context of such tragic news.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    On his day one of the best defensive midfielders, it`s shocking to hear of his death

  • Alreet

    Was a total beast on his day and made the team of the season with cabaye.

    No age to pass away.

    RIP cheick

  • Jezza

    Terrible news. So young. This is just horrific.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Gutted to hear this. He was a quality player and a perfect example of how to handle going through a brutal transfer saga.

  • toonterrier

    Sad loss of a good player. Condolences to his family. Rest in peace Cheick.

  • hetonmag

    R.I.P Cheick god bless

  • magpiefifer

    Sad,sad day – puts football into perspective.

  • Albert Stubbins

    So sad for Cheick and his family. Thanks for the memories. R.I.P. C.T

  • MadMag83

    Gutted to hear this on my way home from work. RIP Mr T :(

  • HarryHype59

    Totally stunned by this news ..RIP Cheick!

  • Mark Davies

    RIP Cheick. Is there any good news in this world at all anymore?

  • Mrkgw

    Exceptionally sad news and a tragic loss.

  • Down Under Mag

    Total shock, was always a fan favourite and gave everything to the cause, he will be immortalised forever by that equalizer against Arsenal and be up there in the memories of all toon fans alongside Speed and Pavel as true legends of the club taken from us far too soon! Thoughts go out to his family.