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Fiorentina GM Joe Barone passed away due to cardiac arrest

by Cy

Fiorentina general manager Joe Barone passed away on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest, the club confirmed the unfortunate news.

He died 24 hours before he turned 58.

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Barone passed away

Barone fell ill Sunday at the team hotel, shortly before Fiorentina’s match with Atalanta.

The Serie A match was subsequently postponed following Barone’s hospitalization.

However, Barone died at San Raffaele Hospital.

“It is with deep sorrow and immense sadness that Fiorentina confirms the loss of one of its figureheads, a person who has marked the recent history of the club and who will never be forgotten,” the club said in a statement.

“Everyone associated with Fiorentina are utterly devastated by the terrible loss of a man who showed great professionalism and gave his heart and soul for these colors. He was a treasured friend who always stayed strong in the happiest and, above all, the most difficult moments.

Barone’s four children arrived from the United States on Monday morning.

“The entire Viola world sends its heartfelt condolences to Giuseppe’s wife Camilla, his children, and the entire Barone family during this time of immense sorrow.”

FIFA, Serie A pay tribute to Barone

FIFA president Gianni Infantino paid tribute to Barone for his immeasurable contribution to Fiorentina.

“I will carry with me those wonderful smiles you gave me,” Infantino said in an Instagram story.

“You were proud of Viola Park, a beautiful sports centre. You were always moved when you spoke of Fiorentina, [and] you improved the world of football, who loses you too soon. Tomorrow you will have celebrated your 58th birthday. Have a safe journey dear Joe, and a big hug to all the people who loved you.”

Serie A also reached out its condolences to Barone’s family.

“Lega Serie A expresses its grief and extends its condolences to the family, [Fiorentina owner] Rocco Commisso, the team and all the staff of ACF Fiorentina for the sudden death of General Manager Joe Barone.”

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