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Former Ivory Coast Midfielder Dies At 30

The midfielder collapsed at practice.

Former Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote passed away at the age of 30 today, his team announced in a statement.

Tiote, a midfielder for Beijing Enterprises in China, collapsed during a training season.

The former Newcastle midfielder was pronounced dead about an hour after he collapsed at practice.

He played for the Ivory Coast national team from 2009-15.

Here's the team's statement:

"At approximately 6 p.m. of June 5, 2017, when the team was having their regular training session, our foreign player from Ivory Coast, Mr Cheik Tiote, fainted without any warning," a team statement said. "The club sent him to hospital immediately. However, all revival measures proved ineffective. Mr Tiote passed away at approximate 7 p.m. The club has already contacted his family.

"Since joining Beijing BG football club on Feb 5., 2017, Mr Cheik Tiote has contributed to the club significantly. His football skills and professionalism have been much appreciated and highly praised by the club, the coaches and his teammates. Hereby, Beijing BG football club expresses our deepest sorrow following Mr Tiote's passing."

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.