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Former Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova dies at age 45

Barca announced Friday that their former manager had succumbed to cancer

In this April 30, 2013 file photo, FC Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain. FC Barcelona announced on their web page Friday April 25, 2014 that Vilanova has died after a long battle against cancer. He previously stepped down as coach when he became seriously ill and was unable to continue
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FILE - In this April 30, 2013 file photo, FC Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain. FC Barcelona announced on their web page Friday April 25, 2014 that Vilanova has died after a long battle against cancer. He previously stepped down as coach when he became seriously ill and was unable to continue. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

SOCCERLY.COM: It was confirmed on Friday that former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova lost his battle with cancer after going through an emergency surgery. His family announced his death after he had been taken into the Quiron Hospital in Barcelona on Thursday morning after serious gastric complications that had the late manager on critical condition.

Medics detected the parotid gland cancer back in 2011 when Vilanova was second in command at FC Barcelona along side front man Pep Guardiola. ... read more at Soccerly.com

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