Yusuf Abubakar spoke with the player on the morning of his tragic death and shared that conversation after hearing the news from ex-teammate, Demba Ba.
A spokesman for Cheick Tiote has confirmed that the former Anderlecht, FC Twente and Newcastle player has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 30 while training with his most recent club, Beijing Enterprises.
Tiote’s agent confirms death
“I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away today,” Emanuele Palladino said on Monday after initial reports circulated on Chinese media.
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:
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.
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.
Tiote, a member of the triumphant Ivory Coast 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad, made 52 appearances for his country in a six-year career with The Elephants.