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Shock at sudden death of former Newcastle star

By PA Reporter

Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died after collapsing following training in China.

The 30-year-old died following a training session with Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises.

After seven years at Newcastle, Tiote moved to China League One club Beijing Enterprises in February.

Shocked ex-Newcastle team-mates paid tribute on Twitter, with former goalkeeper Steve Harper writing: "Gutted to hear the awful news about my former teammate Cheick Tiote today."

Tiote moved to St James' Park from FC Twente in 2010 and made 161 appearances for the Magpies, scoring once.

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