Former Newcastle United player Cheick Tiote has died after collapsing during a training session on Monday.
The Ivorian was training with second-tier Chinese side Beijing Enterprises, who he joined in January, when he passed out and was rushed to hospital.
But emergency treatment failed to revive him, and it was later confirmed that he had passed away.
Tiote’s representative Emanuele Palladino said: “It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises.
“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time.
“We ask for all your prayers.”
A statement from Beijing Enterprises also confirmed the news of Tiote’s death.
It read: “At 6pm on June 5th, Mr Cheick Tiote fell unconscious to the ground during training.
“He was immediately taken to hospital, but unfortunately died at 7pm on June 5th. We have informed his relatives of his death.”