Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during a training session in China.
Ivory Coast international Tiote moved to China in February to play for second division side Beijing Enterprises and he was training with his club when he collapsed.
Newcastle United and manager Rafa Benitez led the tributes after the news that Cheick Tiote had died.
Tiote left St James' Park last February to join Beijing Enterprises, and he was training with the second division club when he collapsed on Monday morning.
Benitez said: "It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick's death.
"In the all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated, talented, and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time."