Ivorian Footballer, Cheick Tiote dies at 30yrs after collapsing in training with Chinese Super League side
The Ivorian made 139 league appearances for Newcastle after joining them in August 2010 from Dutch side FC Twente.
The 30-year-old featured just three times for the Magpies this season, before leaving in February.
Tiote was also part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
His agent Emanuele Palladino said: "It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises.
"We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family's privacy be respected at this difficult time.