Reports broke out of China this afternoon, where the former Newcastle star is playing for Beijing Enterprises, that he had been taken ill after training.
It appears he was subsequently rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Beijing Enterprises have yet to make a statement on Tiote’s health.
But a spokesman for the player has announced he has died.
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.”
Tiote’s former team-mate at Newcastle, Demba Ba, tweeted: “may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote.” He included six crying emojis in his post.
While Newcastle legend Steve Harper, who played alongside Tiote, tweeted: “Gutted to hear the awful news about my former teammate Cheik Tiote today. Thoughts with his friends and family.”
Following his death, a tragic WhatsApp chat emerged where Tiote described himself as being “all good”.
Tiptoe appeared in high spirits as he swapped messages with his friend Yusuf Abubakar Tumi.
In it, he enquired about his pal’s health with the pair laughing together over Tiote’s demand for some free watches.
Hours later, it was announced the Beijing Enterprises midfielder had died after he collapsed in training.
The conversation was posted on Twitter by Tumi, who is a verified user.
Tumi starts the conversation saying after Tiote, who is saved in his phone as ‘Cheick T China’.
Tiote responds saying he is “good brother”, before asking after his friend.
Cheick Tiote joined Newcastle in 2010
Tumi then joked that he needed to get some watches off him to which Tiote responded: “U are the boss. U need to give for free.”
Tiote made his professional debut for Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to FC Twente three years later.
The defensive midfielder then secured a £3.5million switch to Newcastle in 2010.
He remained at the Magpies for seven years – his sole Premier League goal coming in the 4-4 draw against Arsenal in February 2011.
Tiote made just 22 appearances of Newcastle’s Premier League relegation campaign in 2015/16.
He remained on the periphery of manager Rafa Benitez’s plans at the start of last season and played just three times before heading to China.
His last game for the Toon was in a 3-1 win over Birmingham in January.