Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said: “It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.
“In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”
Newcastle’s current captain Jamaal Lascelles said the news of Tiote’s death had devastated the team.
“There are not words to express how saddened I am to hear the news that Cheick has died,” he said.
“I have spoken to the team and none of us can believe it, my thoughts are with his family at this time.”
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