Friends, colleagues and fans of Cheick Tiote have taken to Twitter to mourn the ex-Newcastle midfielder who died on Monday. It was reported that he slumped and died while training in Beijing, China. Alan Pardew, who coached the 30-year-old during his seven-year stint at Newcastle, described Late Tiote as “a wonderful presence around the dressing room”.
Pardew said, “I am devastated to hear the news about my former player and friend Cheick Tiote.
“From the moment I arrived at Newcastle, Cheick was a wonderful presence around the dressing room and his performances on the field often defied belief.
“There were days when he must have covered every blade of grass on a football field and it didn’t surprise me that clubs like Manchester United were being links with attempts to sign him.
Newcastle in statement said, “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.”
Chelsea FC tweeted, “Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté – our condolences are with his family and friends.”
“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
“I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tioté was one of the nicest and toughest teammates I have ever had. Rest in peace brother.”
—– Vincent Kompany
Ed Aarons, “Even more tragically am told Cheick Tioté’s wife is expecting a baby this week #rip
Asamoah Gyan tweeted, “Completely devastated and saddened by the death of cheick tiote…why now Bro…Rest Well”