From Foe to Tiote: Five footballers’ deaths

A bouquet of flowers left by Chinese fans of Ivory Coast international and Beijing Enterprises player Cheick Tiote

Here are five players who died during their careers:

Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday.

Here are five players who died during their careers:

Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in

Lyon, France. The former Manchester City, West Ham and Lyon player was carried from the pitch as medical staff

tried to revive him with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and oxygen. After trying to restart his heart for 45 minutes

without success he was declared dead, aged just 28. His death prompted improvements in both the testing of

footballers for heart problems and the treatment they can receive during matches, including training club medical

teams in CPR and using defibrillators.

Antonio Puerta, August 2007

Spain international Puerta, 22, collapsed while playing for Sevilla in a La Liga match against Getafe and died three days

later from multiple organ failure stemming from prolonged cardiac arrest. It was three months after he had helped

Sevilla to win the UEFA Cup. Sergio Ramos has a tattoo tribute to Puerta and wore a T-shirt dedicated to him as Spain

won the 2010 World Cup. “Antonio has always been with me. The next game, I went out on the field with his shirt

and for a long time after that, I wore one that was dedicated to him,” said Ramos.

Phil O’Donnell, December 2007

The Motherwell captain died of heart failure towards the end of his side’s 5-3 Scottish Premier League win over

Dundee United in December 2007. The 35-year-old midfielder collapsed just as he was about to be substituted and

was treated for around five minutes on the field before being taken to a waiting ambulance. O’Donnell played for

Scotland, Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday during his career and his death caused widespread grief in Scottish football,

causing a number of fixtures to be postponed. “He was a man among boys in every sense, in his attitude, his

professionalism and integrity and sincerity,” his manager Mark McGhee said.

Daniel Jarque, August 2009

The 26-year-old had been appointed Espanyol captain a month before he died of a heart attack in his hotel room

during a pre-season trip to Coverciano in Italy. During the 2010 World Cup final Jarque’s close friend Andres Iniesta,

who played with him for the Spain U21 side, celebrated his extra-time winning goal against the Netherlands by racing

to the touchline and revealing a T-shirt with the words “Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros” (Dani Jarque always with


Cheick Tiote, June 2017

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international “suddenly fainted” during a regular training session on Monday and was

taken to hospital where he died, his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises said. Tiote’s Ivorian teammate Gervinho, who

plays for Hebei China Fortune, described Tiote as a “warrior” and “champion” on Twitter. “May your soul rest in

peace,” he said. Alan Pardew, who managed Tiote at Newcastle United, said: “Cheick was a wonderful presence

around the dressing room and his performances on the field often defied belief. I loved him. He’s everything that you

want in a Newcastle player.”

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