Ivorian midfielder, Cheick Tiote died on Monday, June 5 after collapsing during training in China, aged 30.
Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
‘It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,’ said his spokesperson, Emanuele Palladino.
‘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.’
The former Newcastle United defensive midfielder joined the English team in 2010 for £3.5m and made 150 appearances before moving to Chinese club, Beijing Enterprises in February.
Football clubs, fans, and many soccer stars including Gareth Bale, Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Papiss Cissé, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany have paid tribute.
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends & team-mates of Cheick Tiote, who passed away today in China, aged just 30. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/uqOV3oocIg
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) June 5, 2017
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 5, 2017
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with the family and friends of Cheick Tiote after his passing today. Rest in peace.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 5, 2017
Everyone at the club is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Cheick Tiote. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/OLcZtBscBu
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 5, 2017
The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal are with the loved ones of Cheick Tiote
May he rest in peace pic.twitter.com/zEo5FF5lcE
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 5, 2017
We are saddened to hear of the sudden, tragic passing of Cheick Tioté and would like to express our condolences to his friends and family.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 5, 2017
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté – our condolences are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/F6FvoNkna1
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 5, 2017
— Michael Essien® (@MichaelEssien) June 6, 2017
Awful news, so sorry to hear about Cheick Tioté, my thoughts are with his family and friends
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) June 5, 2017
Devastated to hear the news about Cheick Tiote’s death. RIP. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/iVBZozpJ4B
— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) June 5, 2017
Shocked to hear the news that former @NUFC midfielder Cheick Tiote has passed away.. thoughts & prayers with his family & friends!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 5, 2017