Football: Ex-Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova dead at 45
Published on Apr 26, 2014 1:19 AM
BARCELONA (AFP) - Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova died on Friday at the age of 45 after a prolonged battle against cancer, the club announced.
Vilanova was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland more than two years ago and was forced to step down as Barcelona boss last July due to ongoing health problems.
"FC Barcelona is sad to inform that Francesc 'Tito' Vilanova Bayo has passed away today at the age of 45," Barcelona said in a statement.
"The death of our former coach came about this afternoon after he could not overcome the illness he had been fighting since 2011.
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