Tributes have flooded in for Cheick Tiote after the former Newcastle star died suddenly from a heart attack days before his wife is due to give birth.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder collapsed during a training session with Chinese second division outfit Beijing Enterprises on 5 June.

Tiote was rushed to hospital at 6pm local time but pronounced dead around an hour later.

He only quit English football for China in January. His devastated wife Madah is expecting their third child this week.

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