The football world is mourning the sudden tragic death of former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote Monday afternoon.
The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international collapsed on the field during practice with his Chinese League One team Beijing Enterprises, and was sadly pronounced dead a short time after.
Tiote’s agent, Emanuele Palladino, released a statement on what has turned out to be a brutal day for Tiote’s family, fans and all of those who were blessed to watch the midfielder showcase his talents for many years.
"It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training," Palladino wrote. "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."
Tiote’s biggest moment in the sport came when the Ivory Coast won the African Cup of Nations prize in 2015. His most memorable moment in a Premier League career filled with fine highlights came when he capped off Newcastle’s remarkable comeback, from 4-0, to draw with Arsenal 4-4 at St. James’ Park on February 5, 2011.
This was only a few years ago - life can be taken from you at any moment. Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté.— ㅤ (@Koloholic) June 5, 2017
And West Ham gave the love and tribute to Tiote on their Twitter page.
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté. An incredible competitor taken far too soon. pic.twitter.com/tMkyzc4OlE— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 5, 2017
May you be remembered forever Cheick!