Cheick Tiote finally laid to rest; Kolo Toure leads mourners (PHOTOS)

Cheick Tiote

Kolo Toure and Wilfried Bony were among the mourners as Cheick Tiote was laid to rest on Sunday.

The former Newcastle midfielder died at the age of 30 almost two weeks ago when he collapsed during a training session with Chinese side Beijing Enterprise.

His body was returned to the Ivory Coast last week and his funeral took place in the presence of friends, family and the military.

According to Mirror Online, The country’s prime minister, sports minister and the football federation president were also in attendance.

A memorial service was held in the Chinese capital last Tuesday which was also attended by family, friends and former teammates.

Meanwhile, Tiote’s former Newcastle teammate Papiss Cisse paid tribute to his friend earlier on Sunday

After scoring in Shandong Luneng’s win in China, Cisse lifted his shirt to reveal a message that read, “I love you, Cheicky, forever Tiote.”

Photos from the burial;

Former team-mate Kolo Toure was among those who attended the service

The funeral of former Newcastle and Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has taken place

The ex-Liverpool defender was joined by members of the Ivory Coast squad

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry pays tribute to the late Tiote as he walks past his coffin

Salomon Kalou and Wilfied Bony flank Kolo Toure as they take their seats for the service

Members of the public sing and dance ahead of the ceremony for the 30-year-old

A banner states that the late midfielder ‘will always be in our hearts’

Pallbearers carry Tiote’s coffin while a portrait of him is held aloft infront

The coffin of Tiote stands in the middle of a square ahead of his funeral service

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