Former FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova died Friday at a clinic here, the club said. He was 45.
Vilanova passed away a day after undergoing surgery for a stomach obstruction related to the throat cancer he had battled since November 2011.
“It is with immense sorrow that FC Barcelona announces that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova i Bayo departed this world today,” the team said in a statement.
“The Club wishes to express its most heartfelt sympathy to his family, who are being joined in these moments of mourning by FC Barcelona members and fans all around the world, as well as the rest of the footballing and sporting world,” Barça management said.
Vilanova resigned as coach of FC Barcelona last July to continue treatment for the throat cancer.
He was the squad’s assistant coach for four seasons before succeeding his mentor, Pep Guardiola, on a two-year deal and guiding the club to its 22nd Spanish-league title in 2012-2013.
Barça said Friday that it will establish a space in the main grandstand at the club’s stadium, Camp Nou, where people can express their condolences for Vilanova’s death.
The team also plans to hold a religious ceremony to mark the passing of Vilanova.