The family of Cheick Tiote remain in the dark as to what caused his sudden death.
The 30-year-old former Newcastle United player collapsed on a training pitch in Beijing.
The cause is as yet unexplained, with a post-mortem examination still to take place.
It's being reported Cheick Tiote's family is heading to China after receiving the shock news in the hope of receiving some answers.
The player's agent, Emanuele Palladino, is also due to fly to Beijing to offer his assistance with arrangements.
Cheick Tiote, a Muslim observing Ramadan, had been with the Chinese club Beijing Enterprises since February after ending a six and a half-year stay at St James' Park.