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Former FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova dies at 45

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Former FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has lost his battle with cancer.

Former FC Barcelona manager and player Tito Vilanova passed away at the age of 45 years after a long bout with cancer on Friday.

Vilanova was named Barcelona manager for 2012-2013 season, but had to take a leave of absence to undergo treatment for parotid gland cancer. Upon his return, Barcelona won La Liga to give him his first major honor as a manager. He was expected to coach the club this current season but was forced to step down Shortly before the season started, stating that he did not feel he could fulfill his duties while undergoing treatment.

For much of his professional life, Tito was associated with the club. He joined their youth team in 1984. Played for Barcelona B until 1990, and then rejoined the club as an assistant coach in 2007.

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