Former Cote d’Ivoire international midfielder Cheick Tiote died this morning after collapsing during a training session with his Chinese club. A spokesman for second-division side Beijing Enterprise confirmed the news to the BBC. Tiote spent the bulk of his career with Newcastle, amassing 156 appearances over seven seasons, and he also played in 52 games for his national team and helped them win the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
In 2011, Tiote was part of one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history. Arsenal jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Newcastle ended up scoring four straight goals and earning a draw. Tiote scored the equalizer with an 87th-minute volley from long range.