Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has sadly passed away Monday morning after collapsing on a training pitch during a training session for his current club Beijing Enterprises. At 6 PM, Tiote is stated to have lost consciousness and collapsed on the training ground.
One hour later, Tiote was confirmed dead after numerous failed attempts by doctors to revive him. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack resulting in cardiac arrest.
Tiote began his career in FC Bibo’s youth academy from 1998-2005. Belgian side RSC Anderlecht was scouting him in 2005 and signed him to a three-year contract. He won the Belgian Pro League back to back (2006,2007) with Anderlecht.
Tiote went on loan to Roda JC in 2007 after just 4 appearances with Anderlecht. He had more success at the club making 26 appearances and scoring 2 goals. He also went to the KNVB Cup in 2008. After the loan, FC Twente signed Tiote in 2008 for a fee of €2.5 million. Gaining a reputation for being a resilient midfielder, Tiote made 58 appearances and won the Eredivise and the Dutch Supercup in 2010.
In August 2010, his most well-known club Newcastle United signed him for €3.5 million. Tiote’s greatest moment in his career was in 2011 in a game against Arsenal. In the 87th minute Tiote scored off a remarkable volley that completed Newcastle’s comeback from a 4-goal deficit. That spectacular goal is well known as one of the greatest moments the Premier League has ever seen. Tiote’s 7 year stay at Newcastle United ended this year when he moved to Beijing Enterprises on a free transfer in February.
The midfielder played in every game with the club until sadly his last game on June 3rd. In his international career, Tiote played his first game in a friendly against Tunisia in August 2009. He then continued on to play in 51 games for the Ivory Coast and scored 1 goal.
His only goal was against Nigeria in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Tiote also won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
After his confirmed death, many of his former teammates were devastated including Demba Ba, Steve Harper, Siem de Jong, Papiss Cisse, Tim Krul and Vincent Kompany. Newcastle United addressed Tiote’s death in a statement:
” 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, teammates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented “
Thoughts go out to Tiote’s family as they go through this tough time. R.I.P Cheick Tiote, and thank you for all that you have done for the game you loved so much.