Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova dies of cancer at 45
Tito Vilanova, the soccer coach who succeeded Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and won the Spanish league title in his only season in charge, died on Friday following a long battle with throat cancer. He was 45.
Vilanova, who had been fighting a recurring tumour in a saliva gland, was admitted to a local hospital in Barcelona last week.
Vilanova first became ill in November 2011, while still an assistant to Guardiola, and took leave of absence after undergoing surgery. The soft-spoken Vilanova returned and took over from Guardiola the next season, when he led Barcelona to the Spanish league title with a record-tying 100 points.
Vilanova is survived by his wife, Montse Chaure, and two children. His son Adrian is currently in Barcelona’s youth academy.