Sebastian Larsson and Cheick Tiote battle for the ball. Photo by Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Former Newcastle United and Ivory Coast midfielder, Cheick Tiote has died after collapsing in training. 

The 30-year-old spent seven years on Tyneside before joining Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.

Spokesman Emanuele Palladino said: “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training.

“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 began his career in Belgium before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, which saw him win the Eredivisie title under manager Steve McClaren in the 2009-10 season.

The Ivorian joined Newcastle United in 2010 where he became a Toon figurehead in the Tyne-Wear derby, often battling with fellow midfielder Lee Cattermole.

An unforgettable St James’ Park moment saw Tiote score a wonder volley as Newcastle fought their way to a point after being 4-0 down to Arsenal.

A statement from Newcastle read: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30.

“The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

Meanwhile, fellow players and clubs took to social media to express their shock and sadness as the news broke, with former teammate Demba Ba the first to pay his condolences.