Tito Vilanova, the ex-coach of FC Barcelona, has died at the age of 45 from cancer.
Francisco ‘Tito’ Vilanova Bayo (Bellcaire d’Empordà, 17-9-1968 – Barcelona, 4-25-2014) was a star who was widely celebrated in Spain, and across the world, for his dedication to his club, and his unique training methods that help propel barça to its status as the worlds foremost football team. He worked for the club for his entire working life, over 30 years in the team.
The announcement was made this afternoon by his club.
Tito announced in November 2011 that he was suffering from cancer of the parotid glands, and underwent a major operation later that year.
In 2012, he returned to the club, but only eight months later, had to leave to undergo another operation for the same cancer.
He continued to oversee coaching from afar as he underwent operations both in Barcelona and in New York, but the cancer was finally inoperable. In July of this year he resigned fully to fight it.
But in the end, the cancer overcame him and he passed away today.