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Ex-Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova dies at 45

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.

Tito Vilanova

Tito Vilanova

“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.

“The club wishes to express its deep condolences to his family, with whom we share this painful moment along with the club members, fans and the whole world of football and sport.”

Barcelona also announced that a space will be opened at their Camp Nou stadium for those willing to pay their respects over the next few days

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