Cheick Tioté collapsed and died during a training session in China on Monday. He reportedly suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while training with his current club Beijing Enterprises, at just 30 years of age, and one of his final conversations with friends has been shared on social media.
Tragic news of Tioté death
One of his Newcastle ex-teammates, Demba Ba, sent out a simple tweet on hearing the sad news:
On the back of this message, Besiktas striker and friend of Tioté, responded asking if it was really true as he had been in touch with him earlier in the day:
Is this true because I spoke to him today ? This morning demba https://t.co/5fhrYunNmJ— Yusuf Abubakar Tumi (@YusufTAbubakar) 5 de junio de 2017
And shortly after that realisation, Abubakar shared that WhatsApp chat between the two of them which took place just eight hours before he passed away.