Barcelona’s Former Coach Tito Vilanova Dies of Cancer Tito Vilanova, FC Barcelona’s former coach died today after a long battle with cancer. Tito Vilanova was battling with cancer about two years. had undergone emergency surgery on Thursday at Clinica Quiron in Barcelona, reported multiple news outlets and agencies.

Barcelona's Former Coach Tito Vilanova Dies of Cancer

He was in hospital since last Friday. As word of Vilanova’s disintegration health open out on Thursday, a call for courage of “Anims Tito” went out across social media.

Weeks before the start of this season, Vilanova told players he would not be able to continue at the controls of the team. “The doctors suggested that, with the treatments that I must follow from now on, I cannot devote 100 percent to the tasks of head coach as required by FC Barcelona. But I will continue to work closely for the club that I love on other sporting tasks,” he said at the time through a statement.

Vilanova was Pep Guardiola’s assistant before being promoted to the top job in 2012. In his one season in charge, Vilanova led Barca to their fourth La Liga title in five years, becoming only the second team after Real Madrid to reach the 100-point mark. He had a tumour removed from his throat in late 2011, but suffered a relapse a year later and took multiple trips to New York for treatment.